[blfs-support] Comment/Question/Flame on "probably the most used admin tool", 'find'

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 12:59:27 PST 2013

alex lupu wrote:
> I'm saddened that after all these years there's apparently no easy way to
> do something like (expressed in Artificial Intelligence :):
> "Find files modified (accessed, created) in a range of time (in minutes)"
> "After but Before a time in minutes ago".
> Most people with PhD's in "find", claim you cannot create something _simple_
> like,
> find ... -mmin -<beginofrange> -mmin +<endofrange> ...
> That despite of a voluminous, feature-rich and extremely detailed
> documentation and/or blogs.
> Despite various available ands, ors and the like, one can sprinkle around.
> Despite the clear explanations that the "-" means "after ... ago" and
> "+" means "before ... ago"  (or is it the other way around?  :).
> Despite the lack of warning that the "-" and "+" constructs do not work
> together.  Apparently one at a time
> You'd think that after the so called "old" find and the "stable" one (since
> 2009) something like
> find ... -mmin -240 [-a/-o/whatnot] -mmin +120 ...
> would work.
> Any thoughts?

I agree with you.  The parsing of arguments uses the last value of 
-mmin, but it seems like a -mmax argument would be useful.

   -- Bruce

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