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I'm still learning the command line and I am having some trouble fully understanding the use of the wildcard within the find command.
I'm working in the directory user/temp and use the find command as followed to find all .txt files:
find . -name *.txt -print
This gives me the error:
find: unknown primary or operator.
I know you need to use single quotes around the
*.txt in order to escape the expansion and get your desired result; however, I do not understand why this needs to be done.
I read that you have to escape the
* so that
find does the expansion internally. I am confused because I thought that using single quotes around
* will give make the command line not interpret it as a special character, so how does the expansion take place?