Avoiding 'Find' to search in subdirectories

Posted on 1997-11-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I want to perform a search using the 'find' command but I don't want it to search into the subdirectories as it's defaulted to.  I'm under IRIX 6.4
Question by:houde
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ID: 2007671
That's what I tried!
If I include it before -name, nothing returned.
If I include it after -name "pattern", I get the same result as without -prune

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To find a find in the current directory, but not recurse into

find . -name 'pattern' -maxdepth 1

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ID: 2007673
maxdepth is not an option of the find command under IRIX 6.4
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find . -print \! -name '.' -prune

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ID: 2007675
Forget Find, and use

 ls -laF [dir] | egrep [reg_exp] | pg

or: ls [dir] | grep [simple_reg_exp]
or the short answer ("find like"):   ls -1 | grep [sub_string]

   if you still want to use find, use -prune at the end of
the sentence, but you must be sure you are making the right
search sequence, and not using "-prune" as part of your

   ... with find, you're using an F-16 to kill flies...


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