(TIL) Nix: Exclude A Directory With Find

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Using find is a handy way to track down files that meet certain criteria. However, if there are directories full of irrelevant files, you may end up with a lot of noise. What you want to do is exclude or ignore such directories. For example, you probably don’t want find to return results from the .git directory of your project.

Specific directories can be excluded by combining the -not and -path arguments.

For instance, to see all files modified within the last 10 days, but not including anything in the .git directory, run the following:

find . -type f -not -path './.git/*' -ctime -10

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