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I have tried using find to search for a file, but am probably using the wrong commands. How do I find a file, for which I  have a partial name and I do not know its location (using HP-UX)?
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use find . -name "*partialname*" -print
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You must be in the root path if you want to search all your HD.
cd /

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by:ecw
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HP-UX is posixified, so you don't need -print, so this'll work too:
  find / -name '*partialname*'
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by:plebras
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The exact command is  (to avoid pipe files which block the search)
cd /
find . -type f -name 'thenameof file" -print
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by:nfrances
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the second parameter is where to start searching (hence they say to go to the root directory and use a "." as the second parm)...  you could just as easily specify the directory path in this parm.

The more important point is how to get rid of the flurry of error messages that you will get from "find: cannot open ..."   To move them safely away from your terminal, use:

find . -name '*name*' -print 2>/dev/null

which redirects standard error to /dev/null (blackhole).
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