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Old 05-24-2001, 11:50 PM   #1
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Hi! It's me again. I'm on the chapter that discuss about "Shells in a Nutshell". It illustrates how a command is interpreted by the shell.

This is the scenario. I log in as root and I'm on the root (/) directory. I want to search these external commands (ls, rm, cp, adduser, etc) but I can't find it using "find" command to search files.

The syntax is:
find [path ] [expression]

I typed:
[root@technical /]# find / adduser

But what happened was that it displayed all the files. Files that I don't want to find except on adduser. Like in MSDOS if I type: "dir myfile.doc /s /p" it should search on what directory I can locate the myfile.doc.

Any help? Sorry for asking just want to go around with this new OS. I already tried every option that I understand but still I can't make it.



[Edited by ederts on 05-25-2001 at 12:53 AM]
Old 05-25-2001, 05:22 AM   #2
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You want to use the following
find / -name adduser
If the file is in you path then you can also use
whereis find
One thing that caught me out for a while was the shell expanding wild cards on me, for example when I tried something like
find / -name *user
the search would fail (almost before it got started). The shell was trying to expand the *user in the same way it would if you issued 'rm *user', what you need to use in such situations is
find / -name \*user
to stop the shell being 'helpful'.

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