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Want to find older directories than directory on which I'm using -not -newer statement (it's a part of bigger FIND statement). But can't figure it out how to "protect" this directory from beeing marked as older than itself.

For example

find /home/user/data/ -not -newer $variable

$variable contains path to this directory, from which I'm trying to find older directories.

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I'm not exactly sure this is what you're asking, but perhaps just exclude the directory explicitly?

find /home/user/data/ -not -path $variable -not -newer $variable

This works if you want to exclude a particular location.

$ mkdir -p a/b
$ find a -not -newer a
a
a/b
$ find a -not -path a -not -newer a
a/b
  • I don't wanna sound stupid, but is there such commend as "wholename" ? – harcotlupus Nov 8 '17 at 19:22
  • Depends on which find you are using. Your command used -not, so I assumed -wholename was available as well. -path would be more portable. I'll change it. – BowlOfRed Nov 8 '17 at 19:24
  • My bad then, but still it's not working, was trying to use -not -path $variable but with same effect. – harcotlupus Nov 8 '17 at 19:26
  • Can you give more information, like the exact directory name that is appearing that you don't want and the value of $variable? – BowlOfRed Nov 8 '17 at 19:26

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