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grob115 03-08-2011 11:34 AM

find command on subdirectories
Believe the find command should search in all subdirectories but for some reason it doesn't on a box I'm working on. For example, if I have the following
find / -name test

It wouldn't find the file /etc/mydir/test, if I execute the command in /etc. Can someone please explain what I need to do to enable search also in the subdirectories recursively?

szboardstretcher 03-08-2011 11:35 AM

You have to be running the command as 'root' to be able to search through system directories.

corp769 03-08-2011 11:37 AM

To add to that, the find command by default searches recursively. I normally use the find command along with grep to find what I need to.

catkin 03-08-2011 11:43 AM

The find command you are using should list subdirectories.

If permissions prevent find reading subdirectories, it will give an error message.

Maybe find is not running /usr/bin/find; what is the output of which find?

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