Daily Archives: June 27, 2007

Searching file or directory excluding NFS mounted file systems.

Sometimes I need to find a file or directory on my local machine and I don’t want to scan large NFS file systems connected to my machine.

I am using following syntax for do so:

$ find / -path /net -prune -o -type d -name *gcc*

This command line will search for any directory on my local machine with name included “gcc”. It will not search below “/net”.

You can add any number of “-path … -prune -o” in front of “-type” to add more directories to exclude from search. For example:

$ find / -path /net -prune -o -path /proc -prune -o -type d -name *gcc*
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