Let say I have:


If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job.


find -name !(*.*) is not the answer as !(*.*) in it is still Bash's glob which I can NOT use.

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you could use: find . -type f ! -name "*.*" the ! negates the following expression, here a filename that contains a '.'

you can also use the -maxdepth option to reduce the search depth.

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    I like your answer the most as mine has some other constrains for the filenames and yours is bullet proof.
    – pawel7318
    Jul 12, 2014 at 18:55
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    This is also great when ls -1 !(*.*) won't work because the ! gives "Event not found."
    – Noumenon
    Oct 15, 2016 at 15:12
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    @Noumenon do set +H to solve that
    – pawel7318
    Jun 7, 2018 at 14:15
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    If you treat .gitignore as a file without extension (like Node's path.extname()), use ! -name "?*.*" instead of ! -name "*.*" Sep 21, 2018 at 8:14

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