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I need a regex expression to use along with find to find all the files which name start with a given string, for example proc.

I tried with find . -regex '^proc*' but it gives me no results.

  • I have another regex expression which finds me all the files with certain extensions .*\.(c|h|txt), and under one condition in my script I plan to join these two patterns together. – Dandry Oct 21 '16 at 19:30
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It would be better to use just the -name 'proc*' in this case, which uses globbing, and searches through the filename only (unlike -regex which searches through the whole directory entries leading to the filename).

If you insist on using -regex, leveraging greediness:

find . -type f -regex '.*/proc[^/]*$'
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You don't need the regex flag

$ find . -type f -name "proc*"

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