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Old 08-06-2011
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Hello everyone,
first post here, trying to learn scripting on my own and this forum as been really helpful so far. I made few little scripts working great but I m facing some problems with RE.

I have a bunch of files in many subdirectories called *001.ext *002.ext OR simple *.ext or *01.ext *02.ext And I want to use the find command to only show files *.ext or *01.ext or *001.ext without showing *101.ext *98.ext etc

So the output I want should only show files named like this :



I ve tried many ways for this but I only managed to get it working through the following painful command :

find . -iname '*.ext' ! -regex '.*0[2-9].ext' ! -regex '.*[1-9][0-9].ext' ! -regex '.*0[0-9][2-9].ext' ! -regex '.*1[0-9][0-9].ext'

Is there anyway to simplify this? I m not used to regular expressions but I m sure there must be a cleaner, simpler command for this. I tried to find answers on different websites about how regular expressions work but in this case it's giving me a headache Smilie

For now I m using this command to process my result through "find -exec" it works great but kinda restrictive. Idealy when I ll manage to, I ll export the result from find in a file (find blabla > test.txt) and then make a loop processing each line from test.txt and assign different variables to line 1, then execute a specific command and then process line 2 until there is no more lines to process.

But right now I just want to simplify this find command if anyone got better idea?

# 2  
Old 08-06-2011
I think you want this
find . -iname '*.ext' | egrep '[^0-9](001|01|[^0-9])\.ext$'

But you should understand
1) that *.ext matches every file with .ext extension and *01.ext matches *201.ext, etc.
2) that file globing and regular expressions are different things.
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# 3  
Old 08-06-2011
Awww yes, it seems to be working out perfectly thanks man

And yes I m aware of 1) I just didn't figure out a better way to do it. You make it look so simple now.
# 4  
Old 08-07-2011
find . -regex '.*[^0-9](0+1)?.ext'

# 5  
Old 08-07-2011
Problem with Yazu's solution is that i can't use -exec to my find command if I | egrep.
So I made it go through a | while read line loop but i noticed some files were missing aswell.

And binlib it's not working no Smilie

Gotta use globing if i want to be able to use -exec

I want to show any file called *.ext OR *part001.ext OR *part01.ext
and not show *part[0-9][2-9].txt AND NOT *part[0-9][0-9[2-9].ext

Kinda tricky Smilie
For now i got a shitty work arround => basicly processing some files manually
# 6  
Old 08-08-2011
I was experimenting different regexes and accidentally left out the escapes of the parentheses (or you can add -regextype with the type of your favorite regexes.)
find . -regex '.*[^0-9]\(0+1\)?.sql'

This will match b.ext, b01.ext, b001.ext and b0001.ext, etc. If you don't want to match beyond 001, then change to
find . -regex '.*[^0-9]\(00?1\)?.sql'

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Old 08-09-2011
Mmmh it actualy worked for you?

find . -regex '.*[^0-9]\(0+1\)?.ext'

find . -regex '.*[^0-9]\(00?1\)?.ext'

gave me nothing
How do you check the default regextype? and what regextype is being used in your code?
I made many .ext files named randomly to test it out and no success but that's exactly what i need. gonna try arround to test arround if i can get it working.

Edit : Couldn't get it working. I m running this on my NAS which is limited to sh shell (and ash which I didn't really check out yet...) i tried to change regextype but it's not recognized.
Gonna try to install bash and other stuff.

Last edited by Sekullos; 08-10-2011 at 01:30 PM..
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