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Old 09-14-2001
Is a simple one command to find a file?

Hi All,

I have did a search in the whole forum about Find, but get too many results, so I hope my message not annoying anyone.

How do I do a find for a specific file in the whole machine?

I am hoping for something like this.

find . -name


thanks
# 2  
Old 09-14-2001
find / -name "file name" -print
# 3  
Old 09-14-2001
What is the -print mean again? I did tried to issue the command you suggested and still processing.

Thanks in advance .
# 4  
Old 09-14-2001
That's ok Patvdv, -print means state it out to the next command or just print it out.

Thanks
# 5  
Old 09-15-2001
HI

Also
find . -name "filename"
will work the same way as
find . -name "filename" -print
# 6  
Old 09-16-2001
Thanks again .. i have tried that as well ..
# 7  
Old 09-17-2001
The way I look for files is different and YMMV:

find / | grep "part-of-filename"

For example, if I am looking for a shared lib called libc but don't know the exact filename I might do something like:

find / | grep libc

Of course, this is a waste of time and CPU to do such a broad search for a lib file which might just be in /lib , so you might try:

find /lib | grep libc

However, this is a narrow search in the /lib directory tree only. If it is /usr/lib or /usr/local/lib or /usr/local/yourname/lib then it will not find it, so i, being a lazy guy with lots of CPU power and little time to spare playing around always type:

find / | grep some-string-that-sounds-good

Or, I just do a double grep like:

find / | grep string1 | grep string2 for example:

find / | grep bin | grep ifconfig

Perhaps, you get the idea by now and I've not bored you with examples Smilie


BTW, I rarely use the -name or -print switches with find.....as the examples show.... and don't know why .... Smilie|
 

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