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Old 03-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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How to use find command to locate files


Hi all,

I am trying to find a file and if i use below command, looks like it searching on all the partitions that are mounted under "/" and as the all large nfs shares are mounted under this "/", it is taking too long to get the results.

Code:
find / -name text
How can i search only on partitions of the hard disk (like var, opt, usr and so on) and ignoring the nfs or any other external filesystems mounted.

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 03-30-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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Just put the path you want to search in the command
Code:
find /var -name text
You can also put multiple paths in the command
Code:
 find /var /opt /usr -name text
 
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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On UNIX/Linux most commands have a manual (man) page. On Linux many commands also have an info page.

You can learn a lot by typing "man <command>" for any command you're trying to grok.

"man find" will show you details of the find command.

A key option in find is "-xdev". This tells it NOT to traverse any mount points so would exclude NFS mounts as you asked.

find /var -name text -xdev

Note that you can also use regular expressions (regexp) for "text" but have to encapulate it in quotes. So for example if you wanted to find any file that had billybob as part of the name you'd type:
find /var -name "*billybob*" -xdev
That would find files such as:
Ihatebillybob
billybobsux
whoisbillybobandwhyshouldicare
 
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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Hi weibullguy and MensaWater,

Thank you both for great tips and suggestions.
 
Old 03-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #5
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Here are a couple of good links for you about how to use find:

http://mywiki.wooledge.org/UsingFind
http://www.grymoire.com/Unix/Find.html
 
  


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