Trying to write -regex for a find statement that shows only directories with dots and numbers, for example oraz 1.2.3 or was trying something like "-regex '\.[0-9.]+'", but it also shows dirs with letters. And I only want directories with numbers and dots.

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-regex matches the whole path:

find /path -type d -regex ".*/[0-9.]+"
  • But doesn't it allows letters on other positions? Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 15:11
  • You mean inside the path? Yes, this will find any directory which has only [0-9.] in its name, regardless of the path. If you want to match [0-9.] in the whole path use -regex "[0-9./]+" instead.
    – dessert
    Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 15:14
  • It's like, I have directory which contains other directories for example something.txt something2.txt 5.6.8 4.3.2 and I want to show only those which contains only numbers and dots But both answers show's me also directories with characters... Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 15:30
  • Sorry, I've eddited last comment :) Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 15:32
  • Your code is working, don't know why in first place it didn't worked Commented Nov 12, 2017 at 16:15


LC_ALL=C find /path ! -name '*[!0-9.]*' -type d

That is, list files of type directory whose name doesn't not contain a character other than decimal digit or ..

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