Fool's guide to FIND

Todd V. Rovito rovitotv at
Thu Nov 21 09:06:43 PST 2002

Thus spoke Declan Moriarty (declan.moriarty at
> Can anyone point me to such a thing? With examples?  Don't reply 'man find' 
> until you read to the bottom of it!
> I have a very simple task: I want to recursively find files by name (e.g.) 
> *.pdf, and I am quite happy to log to the appropiatre directory to search 
> down.  In most cases I know the extension, but not the name. Does anyone ever 
> do a simple task like that in linux? Does it take a line the length of a sed 
> construction?
I usually do something like this:
	find | grep '.pdf' | more

I know how to use grep better than find.  I am sure there is a better
way but this will work.

Todd V. Rovito
rovitotv at
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