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Re: Using -prune option of find to ignore hidden directories

On Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:44:31 AM Greg Wooledge wrote:
> On Wed, May 03, 2017 at 11:13:46AM -0400, rhkramer@gmail.com wrote:
> > On Wednesday, May 03, 2017 10:57:09 AM Richard Owlett wrote:
> > >    find /home/richard \( -type d -name .* -prune \) -o -atime -42
> > >    -print
> > 
> > Maybe next I'd try:
> > 
> > find /home/richard -type d -name .* (without the escaped parens)
> No, the problem is the unquoted .* glob.  That will expand to an
> indeterminate number of filename arguments, and almost certainly will
> not do what he wants.
> Always quote glob patterns unless you actually want the shell to expand
> them.  In this case, he wants find to receive it without expansion.

Not the OP (just one of the responders), but thanks, I hope I can let that 
sink into my subconscious (or somewhere ;-) and remember that in the future.

Oh, but in case it wasn't very clear, my intension wasn't so much a specific 
recommendation of what might work, but instead, a recommendation on a 
methodology to find the problem one's self.

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