My setup is as following:

folder structure


I need to find out if there are files in dir that are older than 3 minutes. This means I should ignore folders subdir1, subdir2 and subdir3 and only search in the main directory dir

I have following one-liner

find $dir -mmin +3 -type f

but this prints also the files from subdir1

Some extra info:

AIX 5.3

find command does not have -maxdepth, -mindepth, -or, -not or -path options

The manpage: http://textuploader.com/oe0r

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    +1 for "find command does not have -maxdepth, -not or -path options" info... – Hauke Laging Dec 11 '14 at 14:47
  • Why find does not have that options? can you upload the man page of that and post the link? may be it use another option for that. – αғsнιη Dec 11 '14 at 14:48
  • @KasiyA: I added the manpage – Noosrep Dec 11 '14 at 14:53

A portable way to prevent find from recursing is to execute the -prune action on directories other than the toplevel directory.

find "$dir" \! -name "$(basename -- "$dir")" -type d -prune -o -mmin +3 -type f -print
  • No filenames, just the name of $dir so in the above example: dir – Noosrep Dec 11 '14 at 15:17
  • @TimothyPersoon And if you add -print after -type f? – Hauke Laging Dec 11 '14 at 15:22
  • then it returns nothing – Noosrep Dec 11 '14 at 15:23
  • @TimothyPersoon Are there files in dir which match -mmin +3? Does your find $dir -mmin +3 -type f return files which are not in a subdirectory? – Hauke Laging Dec 11 '14 at 15:25
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    I'd use find $dir \( ! -name $(basename $dir) -type d -prune \) -o -mmin +3 -type f -print – wurtel Dec 11 '14 at 15:35

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