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 ? Jul 27, 2016 at 13:59
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    @StephenHarris Primarily because I didn't think of that :)
    – DeepSpace
    Jul 27, 2016 at 14:00
  • Or try ls -d1 /root/*.csv.
    – ma11hew28
    Jun 16, 2022 at 16:09

3 Answers 3


You can do that with -maxdepth option:

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

As mentioned in the comments, add -mindepth 1 to exclude starting points from the output. 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.

-mindepth levels

Do not apply any tests or actions at levels less than levels (a non-negative integer).
-mindepth 1 means process all files except the starting-points.

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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, 2020 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'

If you only want to prune the path /root/locating:

find /root -path /root/locating -prune -o -type f -name '*.csv' -print

Now, all subdirectories under /root are entered, except for the specific subdirectory /root/locating.

Note that you can't do this with the -maxdepth option.


You can use the -maxdepth and -mindepth primaries:

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

With FreeBSD find (used by macOS) you might be tempted to use -depth 1 instead of -maxdepth 1 -mindepth 1, but that would be inefficient, since as Stéphane Chazelas comments below,depth 1 "doesn't stop find from descending into directories of depth greater than 1", as does -maxdepth 1. 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). Sep 29, 2020 at 15:49
  • @StéphaneChazelas, thank you. I just updated my answer.
    – ma11hew28
    Sep 29, 2020 at 18:54
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    Sorry, my bad, -depth 1 is not equivalent to -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 as it doesn't stop find from descending into directories of depth greater than 1. It's only a test for the current depth. May 31, 2022 at 5:18
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    @StéphaneChazelas, it's all good. Thank you. I just updated my answer.
    – ma11hew28
    Jun 16, 2022 at 17:05

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