In Unix-like and some other operating systems,
find is a command-line utility that searches through one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and applies a user-specified action on each matched file. The possible search criteria include a pattern to match against the file name or a time range to match against the modification time or access time of the file. By default,
find returns a list of all files below the current working directory.
locate programs use a database of indexed files obtained through
find (updated at regular intervals, typically by
cron job) to provide a faster method of searching the entire filesystem for files by name.
Read more about Find: Find Syntax, POSIX Protection From Infinite Output
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