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# 1  
Old 12-13-2012
Find command to search files in a directory excluding subdirectories

Hi Forum,

I am using the below command to find files older than x days in a directory excluding subdirectories. From the previous forums I got to know that prune command helps us not to descend in subdirectories. Though I am using it here, not getting the desired result.

cd $dir
files2del=$(find . -type f -name . -prune -o -mtime +$NUM_DAYS -name '*.dat' )

The output is :


I do not want the search to descend inside test_2 directory.
Also if I give the command

cd $dir
        files2del=$(find . -type d ! -name . -prune -o -mtime +$NUM_DAYS -name '*.dat' )

I get the output as:


Here I do not want the test_2 directory to be listed out. I want only the .dat files in the current directory. Please advise where am I going wrong.

I am using # ! /bin/sh
# 2  
Old 12-13-2012
You can just pipe your find command with
grep -v filename

. The filename will be the one which you dont want to see in the output.
# 3  
Old 12-13-2012
test_2 is a directory and I do not want it in the output, Also, what if there are 15 such subdirectories which I do not want to be listed. How can I generalize the script so that it prints only .dat files in the current directory and also does not list out any subdirectory name
# 4  
Old 12-13-2012
Okay I got it.You can use

find . -maxdepth 1

which will search for your files to the first branch itself means it will not go into any subdirectory to check for the file.
# 5  
Old 12-13-2012
maxdepth is not supported. I am using /bin/sh. Any other option?
# 6  
Old 12-13-2012
Hello Jhilmil

You might want to try this

find . -path './directoryname' -prune -o -path './directoryname' -prune -o -mtime days -name \*.sh -print


option you need to write the sub directories name so that it can ignore that.
# 7  
Old 12-14-2012
This works fine. But what if I have a 100 subdirectories and I cant keep on listing all their names here. I need a generalized script which could be reused anywhere and which would not list out any subdirectory name.

Could anyone please advise.

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