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     find - find files

     /usr/bin/find  [-H |  -L] path... expression

     /usr/xpg4/bin/find  [-H |  -L] path... expression

     The find utility recursively descends the directory  hierar-
     chy for each path seeking files that match a Boolean expres-
     sion written in the primaries given below.

     find is able to  descend  to  arbitrary  depths  in  a  file
     hierarchy  and  does not fail due to path length limitations
     (unless a path operand specified by the application  exceeds
     PATH_MAX requirements).

     The following options are supported:

     -H           Causes  the  file  information  and  file  type
                  evaluated for each symbolic link encountered on
                  the command line to be those of the file refer-
                  enced  by the link, and not the link itself. If
                  the referenced file does not  exist,  the  file
                  information  and  type  is for the link itself.
                  File information for all symbolic links not  on
                  the command line is that of the link itself.

     -L           Causes  the  file  information  and  file  type
                  evaluated for each symbolic link to be those of
                  the file referenced by the link,  and  not  the
                  link itself. See NOTES.

     Specifying more than one of the  mutually-exclusive  options
     -H and -L is not considered an error. The last option speci-
     fied determines the behavior of the utility.

     The following operands are supported:

     path                A pathname of a starting  point  in  the
                         directory hierarchy.

     expression          The first argument that starts with a -,
                         or  is  a  !  or a (, and all subsequent
                         arguments are interpreted as an  expres-
                         sion  made up of the following primaries
                         and  operators.  In  the   descriptions,
                         wherever  n  is  used as a primary argu-
                         ment, it is  interpreted  as  a  decimal
                         integer  optionally  preceded  by a plus
                         (+) or minus (-) sign, as follows:

                         +n           more than n

                         n            exactly n

                         -n           less than n

     Valid expressions are:

     -acl                True if the file  have  additional  ACLs

     -atimen             True if the file  was  accessed  n  days
                         ago.  The  access time of directories in
                         path is changed by find itself.

     -cpio device        Always true. Writes the current file  on
                         device   in   cpio   format   (5120-byte

     -ctime n            True if the file's status was changed  n
                         days ago.

     -depth              Always  true.  Causes  descent  of   the
                         directory  hierarchy  to be done so that
                         all entries in a directory are acted  on
                         before  the  directory itself.  This can
                         be useful when find is used with cpio(1)
                         to  transfer files that are contained in
                         directories without write permission.

     -exec command       True if the executed command  returns  a
                         zero  value  as  exit status. The end of
                         command must be punctuated by an escaped
                         semicolon (;).  A command argument {} is
                         replaced by the current pathname. If the
                         last  argument  to  -exec  is {} and you
                         specify + rather than the semicolon (;),
                         the command is invoked fewer times, with
                         {} replaced by groups of  pathnames.  If
                         any  invocation of the command returns a
                         non-zero  value  as  exit  status,  find
                         returns a non-zero exit status.

     -follow             Always true. Causes symbolic links to be
                         followed. When following symbolic links,
                         find  keeps  track  of  the  directories
                         visited  so  that it can detect infinite
                         loops. For example, such  a  loop  would
                         occur  if  a symbolic link pointed to an
                         ancestor. This expression should not  be
                         used  with  the  find-type l expression.
                         See NOTES.

     -fstype type        True if the filesystem to which the file
                         belongs is of type type.

     -group gname        True if the file belongs  to  the  group
                         gname.  If gname is numeric and does not
                         appear in the /etc/group file, or in the
                         NIS/NIS+  tables, it is taken as a group

     -inum n             True if the file has inode number n.

     -links n            True if the file has n links.

     -local              True if the file system type  is  not  a
                         remote  file  system  type as defined in
                         the /etc/dfs/fstypes file. nfs  is  used
                         as the default remote filesystem type if
                         the   /etc/dfs/fstypes   file   is   not
                         present.  The -local option descends the
                         hierarchy of non-local directories.  See
                         EXAMPLES for an example of how to search
                         for local files without descending.

     -ls                 Always  true.  Prints  current  pathname
                         together with its associated statistics.
                         These include (respectively):

                             o    inode number

                             o    size in kilobytes (1024 bytes)

                             o    protection mode

                             o    number of hard links

                             o    user

                             o    group

                             o    size in bytes

                             o    modification time.
                         If the file is a special file, the  size
                         field  instead  contains  the  major and
                         minor device numbers.

                         If the file  is  a  symbolic  link,  the
                         pathname   of   the  linked-to  file  is
                         printed preceded by `->'. The format  is
                         identical  to  that  of  ls  -gilds (see

                         Formatting is done  internally,  without
                         executing the ls program.

     -mount              Always true. Restricts the search to the
                         file  system  containing  the  directory
                         specified. Does not list mount points to
                         other file systems.

     -mtime n            True if the file's data was  modified  n
                         days ago.

     -name pattern       True if pattern matches the basename  of
                         the current file name. Normal shell file
                         name generation characters  (seesh(1)  )
                         can  be used. A backslash (\) is used as
                         an escape character within the  pattern.
                         The  pattern should be escaped or quoted
                         when find is invoked from the shell.

                         Unless the character '.'  is  explicitly
                         specified in the beginning of pattern, a
                         current file  name  beginning  with  '.'
                         does   not   match  pattern  when  using
                         /usr/bin/find.  /usr/xpg4/bin/find  does
                         not make this distinction; wildcard file
                         name  generation  characters  can  match
                         file names beginning with '.'.

     -ncpio device       Always true. Writes the current file  on
                         device  in  cpio  -c  format  (5120 byte

     -newer file         True if the current file has been  modi-
                         fied  more  recently  than  the argument

     -nogroup            True if the file belongs to a group  not
                         in   the  /etc/group  file,  or  in  the
                         NIS/NIS+ tables.

     -nouser             True if the file belongs to a  user  not
                         in  the  /etc/passwd  file,  or  in  the
                         NIS/NIS+ tables.

     -ok command         Like -exec, except  that  the  generated
                         command  line is printed with a question
                         mark first, and is executed only if  the
                         response  on  standard input is affirma-

     -perm [-]mode       The mode argument is used  to  represent
                         file  mode bits. It is identical in for-
                         mat  to  the  symbolic   mode   operand,
                         symbolic_mode_list,     described     in
                         chmod(1), and is interpreted as follows.
                         To start, a template is assumed with all
                         file mode bits cleared. An op symbol of:

                         +            Set  the  appropriate  mode
                                      bits in the template

                         -            Clear the appropriate bits

                         =            Set  the  appropriate  mode
                                      bits, without regard to the
                                      contents of the  file  mode
                                      creation  mask  of the pro-

                         The op symbol of - cannot be  the  first
                         character  of  mode,  to avoid ambiguity
                         with the optional leading hyphen.  Since
                         the  initial mode is all bits off, there
                         are no symbolic modes that need to use -
                         as the first character.

                         If the hyphen is  omitted,  the  primary
                         evaluates  as true when the file permis-
                         sion bits exactly match the value of the
                         resulting template.

                         Otherwise, if  mode  is  prefixed  by  a
                         hyphen, the primary evaluates as true if
                         at least all the bits in  the  resulting
                         template  are set in the file permission

     -perm [-]onum       True  if  the  file   permission   flags
                         exactly match the octal number onum (see
                         chmod(1)). If  onum  is  prefixed  by  a
                         minus  sign  (-), only the bits that are
                         set in onum are compared with  the  file
                         permission  flags,  and  the  expression
                         evaluates true if they match.

     -print              Always true. Causes the current pathname
                         to be printed.

     -prune              Always yields true. Does not examine any
                         directories  or  files  in the directory
                         structure   below   the   pattern   just
                         matched.  (See  EXAMPLES).  If -depth is
                         specified, -prune has no effect.

     -size n[c]          True if the file is n blocks  long  (512
                         bytes  per block). If n is followed by a
                         c, the size is in bytes.

     -type c             True if the type of the file is c, where
                         c is b, c, d, D, f, l, p, or s for block
                         special file,  character  special  file,
                         directory,  door,  plain  file, symbolic
                         link,  fifo  (named  pipe),  or  socket,

     -user uname         True if the file  belongs  to  the  user
                         uname.  If uname is numeric and does not
                         appear  as   a   login   name   in   the
                         /etc/passwd  file,  or  in  the NIS/NIS+
                         tables, it is taken as a user ID.

     -xdev               Same as the -mount primary.

     -xattr              True if the  file  has  extended  attri-

  Complex Expressions
     The primaries can be combined using the following  operators
     (in order of decreasing precedence):

     1)   ( expression )                 True       if        the
                                         parenthesized expression
                                         is true (parentheses are
                                         special to the shell and
                                         must be escaped).

     2)   ! expression                   The negation of  a  pri-
                                         mary (! is the unary not

     3) expression [-a] expression       Concatenation  of   pri-
                                         maries  (the  and opera-
                                         tion is implied  by  the
                                         juxtaposition   of   two

     4)  expression -o expression        Alternation of primaries
                                         (-o is the or operator).

     When you use find in conjunction with cpio, if you  use  the
     -L option with cpio then you must use the -follow expression
     with find and vice versa. Otherwise  there  are  undesirable
     If no expression is present, -print is used as  the  expres-
     sion.  Otherwise,  if  the given expression does not contain
     any of the primaries -exec, -ls, -ok, or -print,  the  given
     expression is effectively replaced by:

     ( given_expression ) -print

     The -user, -group, and -newer primaries each evaluate  their
     respective arguments only once. Invocation of command speci-
     fied by -exec or -ok does not affect subsequent primaries on
     the same file.

     See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of find
     when  encountering  files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte (
     2^31 bytes).

     Example 1 Writing Out the Hierarchy Directory

     The following commands are equivalent:

       example% find .
       example% find . -print

     They both write out the entire directory hierarchy from  the
     current directory.

     Example 2 Removing Files

     The following comand removes all files in your  home  direc-
     tory  named  a.out  or *.o that have not been accessed for a

       example% find $HOME \( -name a.out -o -name '*.o' \) \
              -atime +7 -exec rm {} \;

     Example 3 Printing All File Names But Skipping  SCCS  Direc-

     The following command recursively print all  file  names  in
     the  current  directory  and below, but skipping SCCS direc-

       example% find . -name SCCS -prune -o -print

     Example 4 Printing all file names  and  the  SCCS  directory

     Recursively print all file names in  the  current  directory
     and  below,  skipping  the contents of SCCS directories, but
     printing out the SCCS directory name:

       example% find . -print -name SCCS -prune

     Example 5 Testing for the Newer File

     The following command is basically  equivalent  to  the  -nt
     extension to test(1):

       example$ if [ -n "$(find
       file1 -prune -newer file2)" ]; then

       printf %s\\n "file1 is newer than file2"

     Example 6 Selecting a File Using 24-hour Mode

     The descriptions of -atime, -ctime, and -mtime use the  ter-
     minology n ``24-hour periods''. For example, a file accessed
     at 23:59 is selected by:

       example% find . -atime -1 -print

     at 00:01 the next day (less than 24 hours  later,  not  more
     than one day ago). The midnight boundary between days has no
     effect on the 24-hour calculation.
     Example 7 Printing Files Matching a User's Permission Mode

     The following command recursively print all file names whose
     permission  mode  exactly  matches  read, write, and execute
     access for user, and read and execute access for  group  and

       example% find . -perm u=rwx,g=rx,o=rx

     The above could alternatively be specified as follows:

       example% find . -perm a=rwx,g-w,o-w

     Example 8 Printing Files with Write Access for other

     The following command recursively print all file names whose
     permission includes, but is not limited to, write access for

       example% find . -perm -o+w

     Example 9 Printing Local Files without Descending  Non-local

       example% find . ! -local -prune -o -print

     Example 10 Printing the Files in the Name  Space  Possessing
     Extended Attributes

       example% find . -xattr

     See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment
     variables  that  affect the execution of find: LANG, LC_ALL,

     PATH                Determine   the    location    of    the
                         utility_name  for the -exec and -ok pri-

     The following exit values are returned:

     0            All path operands were traversed successfully.

     >0           An error occurred.

     /etc/passwd                 Password file

     /etc/group                  Group file

     /etc/dfs/fstypes            File that registers  distributed
                                 file system packages

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |
    | CSI                         | Enabled                     |
    | Interface Stability         | Committed                   |
    | Standard                    | See standards(5).           |

     chmod(1), cpio(1), ls(1B), sh(1), test(1), acl(2),  stat(2),
     umask(2),   attributes(5),   environ(5),  fsattr(5),  large-
     file(5), standards(5)

     The following options are obsolete and will not be supported
     in future releases:
     -cpio device        Always true. Writes the current file  on
                         device   in   cpio   format   (5120-byte

     -ncpio device       Always true. Writes the current file  on
                         device  in  cpio  -c  format  (5120-byte

     When using find to determine files modified within  a  range
     of time, use the -mtime argument before the -print argument.
     Otherwise, find gives all files.

     Some files that might be under the Solaris root file  system
     are  actually mount points for virtual file systems, such as
     mntfs or namefs. When comparing against a ufs  file  system,
     such  files are not selected if -mount or -xdev is specified
     in the find expression.

     Using the -L or -follow option is not recommended when  des-
     cending a file-system hierarchy that is under the control of
     other users. In particular, when using -exec, symbolic links
     can  lead  the find command out of the hierarchy in which it
     started. Using -type is not sufficient to restrict the  type
     of  files on which the -exec command operates, because there
     is an inherent race condition between  the  type-check  per-
     formed by the find command and the time the executed command
     operates on the file argument.

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