4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 30, 2014 6:41 PM by rukbat

    Unix find - need nonrecursive solution

    Greg Spall

      Hey got another UNIX question.

      I'm on Unix, in SunOS 5.10


      I'm trying to use the find command to pick off some target files, however, it traverses all subfolders

      recursively. I realize I could just use an "ls" solution, however, I also want to utilize the -mtime option of

      find (to pick off only files older than - for example - 4 weeks.)


      So I suppose my bigger question is: "What's the easiest way to search a single directory for files older than a

      given time (ie # of days), and not recursively search child folders?"


      So first off, a test case:


      mkdir test

      cd test


      touch abc.txt

      touch abc.sh

      mkdir dir1

      touch dir1/abc.sh


      cd ..


      find ./test -type f -name "*.sh"





      So here, I just want to return:




      Now doing some Googling, I found a few threads that mention some other options:


      1) -maxdepth

         Tried this, doesn't seem to be there in my version of Unix/ksh

         find ./test -type f -name "*.sh" -maxdepth 1

         find: bad option -maxdepth


      2) -xdev

         Only works on mount points, not a good/generic solution. (doesn't work for me, these aren't mount points)


      3) -prune

         find dir \( ! -name dir -prune \) ...


         so :

         find ./test \( ! -name ./test -prune \) -type f -name "*.sh"

            (no results)

         find ./test \( ! -name "./test" -prune \) -type f -name "*.sh"

            (no results)


      Any ideas?