Recursively lists all files in the current directory, except the ones in '.snapshot' directory

find . -wholename './.snapshot' -prune -o -print
This can be useful for those who have mounted NetApp file-systems with snapshot activated.

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By: jeffaz
2009-03-25 13:52:01

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  • Thanks for the submit! My alternative produces summaries only for directories. The original post additionally lists all files in the current directory. Sometimes the files, they just clutter up the output. Once the big directory is located, *then* worry about which file(s) are consuming so much space.


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nice use of -prune
linuxrawkstar · 482 weeks and 1 day ago

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