Simple question, I'm running the following find command:

find . -type d \( -path ./.git -o   \
                  -path ./log -o    \
                  -path ./public -o \
                  -path ./tmp       \) \
                  -prune -o         \

To list all the files in my directory, excluding the specified directories.

This works great, however, what I want to also do is exclude any actual directories from the output, so if there is a directory structure as follows:

  -- foo.text
  -- bar.text

when I run my command I'd like to see:


instead of:


Can anybody help?

  • Title does not match content. Commented Apr 6, 2019 at 21:57

3 Answers 3

find . -type f

will do it. You can do exec if you want to operate on file names.

  • yes, but I need to exclude all files under certain directories.
    – TheDelChop
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 19:40
  • -type f is for regular files. directories and regular files are 2 of many different types of files on Unix. With -type f, you're excluding directories, but also all the other types of files like symlinks, sockets, fifos, devices, doors... Commented May 23, 2013 at 20:07
  • @StéphaneChazelas, doors? Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 19:43
  • @user1717828, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doors_%28computing%29 Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 20:12

Just use ! -type d:

find . -type d \( -path ./.git -o \
                  -path ./log -o \
                  -path ./public -o \
                  -path ./tmp \) -prune -o \
       ! -type d -print

Here's one way to do it. I'm piping your output from find (using xargs) to a little bit of bash which asks the question "Is this not a directory?" and if it's not, it echoes it to your terminal.

Here's the whole she-bang:

find . -type d \( -path ./.git -o -path ./log -o -path ./public -o -path ./tmp \) -prune -o -print | xargs -i bash -c 'if [ ! -d "{}" ]; then echo "{}"; fi'

Here's just my addition:

xargs -i bash -c 'if [ ! -d "{}" ]; then echo "{}"; fi'

To explain:

xargs -i replace string "{}" with arguments (those that are piped in)

bash -c commands read from string

if [ ! -d "{}"]; is this a directory.

echo "{}" echo the find result.

fi; finish if.

  • There, you're turning the filename into shell code. Typical privilege escalation path. As one can create a file called $(do-what-I-want) for instance to have you do what he wants. Commented May 23, 2013 at 20:12
  • This is a cool workaround when one not knowing how to use -o ! -type d. Cool trick!
    – azbarcea
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 22:16

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