Trying to find a list of files from a set variable. However the path needs to be specific.


Does not work:

find $HOME -regextype posix-extended -type f -regex "$filename-[[:digit:]]{4}-connect\.xml"

Also does not work:

find $HOME -regextype posix-extended -type f -regex "$filename-[[:digit:]]{4}-connect\.xml"

Works, but finds too much. Why is it forcing me to use '.*/'? $HOME is completely ignored here.

find $HOME -regextype posix-extended -type f -regex ".*/$filename-[[:digit:]]{4}-connect\.xml"

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Why is it forcing me to use '.*/'?

From find documentation:

-regex pattern
File name matches regular expression pattern. This is a match on the whole path, not a search. For example, to match a file named ./fubar3, you can use the regular expression .*bar. or .*b.*3, but not f.*r3.

  • Thank you. That answers my question. I also realized I can modify the maxdepth and set the start location to narrow down the results. IE: find ${HOME} -maxdepth 1 -type f -regextype posix-extended -regex ".*/${filename}-[[:digit:]]{4}-connect\.xml"
    – Motorahead
    Nov 18, 2017 at 1:06

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