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[bug #12162] Enhancement req: finding files less than 2Gb in size [needs

From: Thomas P
Subject: [bug #12162] Enhancement req: finding files less than 2Gb in size [needs community feedback]
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 10:28:32 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #21, bug #12162 (project findutils):

Hello all,

I currently stumbled over the "feature", that filesizes are obviously rounded
up before comparing.

So, I wanted to find all files smaller than 1MB and I - naivly - assumed that

find . -type f -size -1M

would do the job, but instead of returning me every file less than 1MB, it
gave me all files with exactly 0Byte back.

Apparently, -1MB means "less than 1MB" which means 0MB and everything rounded
up which is >0Byte is 1MB, so there was no hit at all.

I thought, this would be a bug but surprisingly the community is aware of it
and hasn't done something to fix it (the last 25yrs?) - so it has to be a

Wouldn't it be possible to fix this behaviour?

I realized, this thread is 5 years old and I can't believe this topic is sooo
difficult that there is absolutely no agreement possible ;-)

I agree with Peter Splichal, who suggested "--1MB" for disabling rounding up

Best Regards,


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