search for files in a directory hierarchy
find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-D debugopts] [-Olevel] [path...] [expression]
Base of file name (the path with the leading directories removed) matches shell pattern pattern.
The metacharacters (`*', `?', and `') match a `.' at the start of the base name (this is a
change in findutils-4.2.2; see section STANDARDS CONFORMANCE below). To ignore a directory and
the files under it, use -prune; see an example in the description of -path. Braces are not
recognised as being special, despite the fact that some shells including Bash imbue braces with a
special meaning in shell patterns. The filename matching is performed with the use of the
fnmatch(3) library function. Don't forget to enclose the pattern in quotes in order to protect
it from expansion by the shell.
File is of type c:
b block (buffered) special
c character (unbuffered) special
p named pipe (FIFO)
f regular file
l symbolic link; this is never true if the -L option or the -follow option is in effect,
unless the symbolic link is broken. If you want to search for symbolic links when -L is in
effect, use -xtype.
D door (Solaris)
Delete files; true if removal succeeded. If the removal failed, an error message is issued. If
-delete fails, find's exit status will be nonzero (when it eventually exits). Use of -delete
automatically turns on the -depth option.
Warnings: Don't forget that the find command line is evaluated as an expression, so putting
-delete first will make find try to delete everything below the starting points you specified.
When testing a find command line that you later intend to use with -delete, you should explicitly
specify -depth in order to avoid later surprises. Because -delete implies -depth, you cannot
usefully use -prune and -delete together.