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Old 04-12-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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Find warnings...

Hi List;

each time I run find I get this message:

find: WARNING: Hard link count is wrong for /proc: this may be a bug in your filesystem driver. Automatically turning on find's -noleaf option. Earlier results may have failed to include directories that should have been searched.

Any thoughts, suggestions, etc??


Old 04-12-2006, 11:33 AM   #2
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I ran into this a little while back as well. Here's where I found this answer:

From the above link:

The problem with the link count in /proc is that it changes every time a
process is created or terminates, so the number of directories that
'find' sees during processing might not agree with the link count that
it read at the start. I admit that doesn't seem terribly likely unless
the system is quite busy, but it can certainly happen.

I almost always use the "-xdev" option to prevent 'find' from descending
into file systems other than the ones I explcitly specified, e.g.,

find -xdev / /usr /var ...

It's pretty rare that I actually want to search my entire system, which
would include a news spool, a seldom used MS-Windows file system,
possibly a mounted CD or DVD, ..., and of course /proc.
Hope this helps!


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