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My goal is to match specific files from specific sub directories. I have the following folder structure

`-- data
    |-- a
    |-- a.txt
    |-- b
    |-- b.txt
    |-- c
    |-- c.txt
    |-- d
    |-- d.txt
    |-- e
    |-- e.txt
    |-- org-1
    |   |--
    |   |--
    |   |-- org.txt
    |   |-- user-0
    |   |   |-- a.txt
    |   |   |-- b.txt

I am trying to list the files only inside the data directory. I am able to get the correct result using the following command in RHEL

find  ./testdir/ -iwholename "*/data/[!/].txt"

If I run the same command in Ubuntu it is not working.

Can anyone please tell me why it is not working in Ubuntu ?


After some tests I realized that as per my post it is working properly in both RHEL and Ubuntu. The problem lies somewhere else. The file which I have in my Ubuntu system are data files.

It is very strange that for these file types it is not listing both in RHEL and Ubuntu.

[supratik@testserver ~]$ ls testprog/data/
a.txt  data.dat

[supratik@testserver ~]$ file testprog/data/a.txt
testprog/data/a.txt: ASCII text

[supratik@testserver ~]$ file testprog/data/data.dat
testprog/data/data.dat: data

[supratik@testserver ~]$ find  ./testprog/ -iwholename "*/data/[!/].txt"

[supratik@testserver ~]$ find  ./testprog/ -iwholename "*/data/[!/].dat"

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What happens in Ubuntu ? What are a,b,c,d etc ? – Iain Nov 18 '11 at 16:25
In Ubuntu I just get a prompt back, I don't get the list of files. "a, b, c,d, e" are also files. I created them using touch for testing. – Supratik Nov 18 '11 at 16:28
Did you try using ls piped into grep -E instead? – mbrownnyc Nov 18 '11 at 16:32
I think you're using a glob rather than a regex... – Vatine Nov 19 '11 at 11:34
@mbrownnyc I have a many sub directories inside the data folder. So ls will work for me, but find will be much cleaner solution. I am surprised why find is not listing the binary files or am I missing something. – Supratik Nov 19 '11 at 11:44

I just checked this on CentOS 5.6,6.0 and Ubuntu 9.04,10.04 and 11.04 and I get the same answer on all of them viz

find  ./testdir/ -iwholename "*/data/[!/].txt"

You can get similar results with

Find ./testdir/data/ -maxdepth 1 -name '*.txt'
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@lain Please check my edited reply on my post. Can you please tell me why I am getting this strange result? I can not use -maxdepth because I have sub folders inside it which I am filtering out by multiple regex with -iwholename. – Supratik Nov 19 '11 at 11:26

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