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Linux find command

Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D debugopts] [path...] [expression]

default path is the current directory; default expression is -print

expression may consist of: operators, options, tests, and actions:

operators (decreasing precedence; -and is implicit where no others are given):

      ( EXPR )   ! EXPR   -not EXPR   EXPR1 -a EXPR2   EXPR1 -and EXPR2

      EXPR1 -o EXPR2   EXPR1 -or EXPR2   EXPR1 , EXPR2

positional options (always true): -daystart -follow -regextype

normal options (always true, specified before other expressions):

      -depth --help -maxdepth LEVELS -mindepth LEVELS -mount -noleaf

      --version -xdev -ignore_readdir_race -noignore_readdir_race

tests (N can be +N or -N or N): -amin N -anewer FILE -atime N -cmin N

      -cnewer FILE -ctime N -empty -false -fstype TYPE -gid N -group NAME

      -ilname PATTERN -iname PATTERN -inum N -iwholename PATTERN -iregex PATTERN

      -links N -lname PATTERN -mmin N -mtime N -name PATTERN -newer FILE

      -nouser -nogroup -path PATTERN -perm [-/]MODE -regex PATTERN

      -readable -writable -executable

      -wholename PATTERN -size N[bcwkMG] -true -type [bcdpflsD] -uid N

      -used N -user NAME -xtype [bcdpfls]      -context CONTEXT

actions: -delete -print0 -printf FORMAT -fprintf FILE FORMAT -print

      -fprint0 FILE -fprint FILE -ls -fls FILE -prune -quit

      -exec COMMAND ; -exec COMMAND {} + -ok COMMAND ;

      -execdir COMMAND ; -execdir COMMAND {} + -okdir COMMAND ;

Valid arguments for -D:

exec, opt, rates, search, stat, time, tree, all, help

Use '-D help' for a description of the options, or see find(1)

Please see also the documentation at

You can report (and track progress on fixing) bugs in the "find"

program via the GNU findutils bug-reporting page at or, if

you have no web access, by sending email to <>.


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