There are many times when we need to find files in Linux to solve a current issue. Sometimes we need to find a certain file that may have been scanned while troubleshooting a webdav problem, etc. You can use the find command to search and find a file.find [directories] [expression]
I created a directory called “/opt/findme” and at that location touched a file called “samplefile.here”. From my home directory I did a search starting from the “root” directory using the find command to locate that file.
/home/user – shows my current location, my home directory
You will need to use admin privileges (sudo) to do the search because you won’t have permission to look through the /opt directory otherwise. After “sudo find”, you can specify “/” to start searching from the root directory. Then to specify a search by name you would use, “- name”. You can put a pattern in case you aren’t sure of the complete filename (you can use wildcards including ‘?’), but in the example below the extension is “here” so we used “*.here” and then “–print”, to show the location.
user@user-desktop:~$ sudo find / -type f -name *.here -print
/opt/findme/samplefile.here – the results “samplefile.here” in “/opt/findme/”
You can also look at the “man page” for find to see what options are available for this command.
user@user-desktop:~$ man find – to display help for the find or any other command
find – search for files in a directory hierarchy
find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-D debugopts] [-Olevel] [path…] [expression]
This manual page documents the GNU version of find. GNU find searches
the directory tree rooted at each given file name by evaluating the
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