Using /bin/find /root -name '*.csv' returns:


I don't actually want all the files under /root/locating/, so the expected output is simply /root/small_devices.csv.

Is there an efficient way of using `find' non-recursively?

I'm using CentOS if it matters.

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    Why can't you just do something like echo /root/*.csv ? – Stephen Harris Jul 27 '16 at 13:59
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    @StephenHarris Primarily because I didn't think of that :) – DeepSpace Jul 27 '16 at 14:00

You can do that with -maxdepth option

/bin/find /root -maxdepth 1 -name '*.csv'

From man find

-maxdepth levels

Descend at most levels (a non-negative integer) levels of directories below the starting-points.

-maxdepth 0

means only apply the tests and actions to the starting-points themselves.

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    You may sometimes want to also specify -mindepth 1. For example, find /csv -maxdepth 1 -name '*csv' includes /csv (which has a depth of 0) in its output, whereas find /csv -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -name '*csv' does not. – ma11hew28 Sep 29 '20 at 19:04

With standard find:

find /root ! -path /root -prune -type f -name '*.csv'

This will prune (remove) all directories in /root from the search, except for the /root directory itself, and continue with printing the filenames of any regular file that matches *.csv.

With GNU find (and any other find implementation that understands -maxdepth):

find /root -maxdepth 1 -type f -name '*.csv'
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    See also -depth 1 (equivalent to GNU's -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1) with FreeBSD find. – Stéphane Chazelas Jul 27 '16 at 10:51
  • @StéphaneChazelas I won't mention -depth, it doesn't do what we want on OpenBSD (it's the same as -d, "visit directories in post-order"). That find seems to have -maxdepth though... – Kusalananda Jul 27 '16 at 10:59
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    Yes, it looks like it's only FreeBSD (and derivatives like Apple OS/X), not NetBSD nor OpenBSD. Shame as -depth -2, -depth +1, -depth 1 that follow the same format as a lot of other predicates makes more sense than -mindepth, -maxdepth IMO. – Stéphane Chazelas Jul 27 '16 at 11:08

With FreeBSD find (used by macOS) you can use the -depth primary.

find . -depth 1 -name '*.csv'

-depth n is equivalent to -mindepth n -maxdepth n, as commented by Stéphane Chazelas.

find(1) - FreeBSD explains:

-depth n
        True if the depth of the file relative to the starting point of
        the traversal is n.
-maxdepth n
        Always true; descend at most n directory levels below the command
        line arguments.  If any -maxdepth primary is specified, it ap-
        plies to the entire expression even if it would not normally be
        evaluated.  "-maxdepth 0" limits the whole search to the command
        line arguments.
-mindepth n Always true; do not apply any tests or actions at levels less than n. If any -mindepth primary is specified, it applies to the entire expression even if it would not normally be evaluated. "-mindepth 1" processes all but the command line arguments.

GNU find doesn't support -depth n.

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    Note that it's specific to the FreeBSD implementation of find (also found on macOS I believe). – Stéphane Chazelas Sep 29 '20 at 15:49
  • @StéphaneChazelas, thank you. I just updated my answer. – ma11hew28 Sep 29 '20 at 18:54

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