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

On Wednesday, May 03, 2017 04:22:57 PM tomas@tuxteam.de wrote:
> FWIW, a trick to see what's really going on is to prepend an echo
> before all that:
>   echo find /home/richard -type d -name .*

That seems like a helpful trick, but I'm not sure what I should see.

On my (Wheezy) system, I tried that, i.e.:

echo find /home/<my_username> -type d -name .*


echo find /home/<my_username> -type d -name '.*'

and, in both cases, I got the same result:

find /home/<my_username> -type d -name .*

From what you wrote (below) I expected to see something different, maybe more 
like the following, at least for the case with the .* not within single 

find /home/<my_username> -type d -name <dir1> <dir2> ...

I presume you see the same thing on your system, so I'm missing something (and 
not ready to try a lot of experiments atm (near bedtime).

Any clarification will be welcomed!

> (for the example above). Of course you won't think of that if you
> are't suspecting shell expansion in the first place, but I find
> it very instructive to see what the shell is "seeing". That'll
> help memory for the next time (it does for me, at least).
> cheers
> -- t

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