On my Mac, I screwed up my android SDK installation. I was looking to clean it out by finding all references to "android".

The issue is, when I run the command find / -name "*android*" I get quite an extensive list.

Instead of this list:


I would like to get:


It doesn't search the subdirectories if the directory matches.

  • @Goro how? I need it to search the subdirs but only if it doesn't match
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:26
  • @Goro I thought the question outlined it fairly clearly, I want the result to, no matter how deep, stop searching the subdirectories of paths that match *android*
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:37
  • eg: /usr/local/var/lib/android-sdk/platforms wouldn't be searched because /usr/local/var/lib/android-sdk already matches *android*
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:39
  • If you want to find all the files except the ones that have *android* in it, then your command should be find / ! -name "*android*"
    – user88036
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:50
  • @Goro No, I want to find folders that match *android*, but I don't want to see the child folders of these folders
    – Isaac
    Commented Sep 13, 2018 at 0:58

1 Answer 1


If you only need directories:

find . -type d -iname '*android*' -a \( -prune  \)

Coments on code:

.             # Present directory
-type d       # Only directories
-iname        # Instead of `-name` to also match "Android" (ignore case).
'*android*'   # Pattern of name to search
-a            # Force the execution of next option on matching names.
              # probably redundant as all options are evaluated with an
              # implicit and in find
              # but: makes the intent explicitly clear.
\( -prune  \) # Remove the whole directory from further examination.
              # braces also optional (as it is only one command).


find . -type d -iname '*android*' -prune

If you also want files:

find . -iname '*android*' -a \( -prune  \)

Caveat: this will report all files found and then directories. It is not clear if if a file named "android" is found that the corresponding directory should be avoided.


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