how to use find command

Posted on 2011-02-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
If I'm logged in as root and change to the root directory the following command works as expected:
find -name myfile

If however I do:
find / -name myfile
it lists every directory on the drive.
This second option would be handy so I wouldn't have to switch to the root every time I want to search for a file.

Why does it do that and what should I type/
Question by:davidpm
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You syntax is right but it may be possible there are multiple files with the same name

find / -name myfile

Its searching the whole system for any files named  myname and displayign their pathnames.  

You can be more specific about type of files by adding extension to file name or use grep to get only specific files you want
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torimar earned 1000 total points
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If you use the find command on the / root filesystem and you are not root, then the command usually will list all those folders that you cannot access for permissions issues - which will be all the folders on the system except the home folder of the user you are logged in as.

You could suppress the error messages by adding a redirection to your command:

find / -name myfile 2>/dev/null
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Try this, the -type f tell's find to ignore directories and only list files.

find / -type f -name myfile

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