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I need to find all xml-files that are placed in folders named config. Also config must be somewhere under a folder named trunk. For example, I am interested in all files like below:


I tried the find command:

find ~/projects -regex "*/trunk/*/config/*.xml"

, but the output was empty. What is the correct way to find the required files?

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You do need -regex if you want to make sure that only files from a directory config are returned unless you can guarantee that no directory config has subdirectories (which have a *.xml in their tree). – Hauke Laging May 17 '13 at 13:53
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That's not a regex. For globs one should use the -path predicate instead.

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Thank you. It works find ~/projects -path "*/trunk*/config/*.xml" – Loom May 17 '13 at 13:41

I am not sure what you want to do with the files after you find them, but for interactive use in zsh I would use something like this:

ls **/trunk/**/config/*.xml
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Actually, I'd like to look in some files from recieved list. After your answer, I became interested in zsh and installed it. But unfortunately you command-line didn't work. I tried to modify your command (for example ls ~/projects '**/trunk/**/config/*.xml' --recursive) but without success. – Loom May 20 '13 at 9:30
Ah I forgot, zsh doesn't do much with the default settings, you need to put setopt EXTENDED_GLOB in ~/.zshrc. – phunehehe May 20 '13 at 9:44
You might want to have a look at oh-my-zsh or my zshrc. – phunehehe May 20 '13 at 9:46

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