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Re: find . -wholename ’./src/emacs’ - prune -o -print

From: James Youngman
Subject: Re: find . -wholename ’./src/emacs’ - prune -o -print
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:09:45 +0000

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM, James Youngman <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 5:29 AM, Reza Roboubi <address@hidden> wrote:
>> find . -wholename './src/emacs/' -prune -o -print   (extra slash)
>> and that wasn't working.  Why is that?
> Because path names examined by find never include a trailing slash.
> Similarly "find -name a/b" will never find anything, since -name only
> works with files' base names (i.e. with the directory part removed)
> and so they never include a slash.
> The manpage should probably point out both facts.

The manpage already points this out for -path (and hence -wholename):

              Find  compares  the  -path  argument with the concatenation of a
              directory name and the base name of  the  file  it’s  examining.
              Since the concatenation will never end with a slash, -path argu‐
              ments ending in a slash will match  nothing  (except  perhaps  a
              start point specified on the command line).

I just pushed the attached patch to deal with -name better.


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