find a file

Nils Kassube kassube at
Mon Aug 6 11:39:43 UTC 2007

norman wrote:
> Although I have used Ubuntu for quite some time I have never been sure
> how to go about finding named files. I am not a Linux person although,
> I can use a terminal if needed. For example I needed to find any files
> with .lck as the extension and remove them otherwise I would be unable
> to burn DVDs using Mthtv. So, I went to Places -> Search for files,
> entered *.lck and the report was no files found. Yet there had to be at
> least one file which was causing me the problem. Eventually, after much
> research I found two files in a folder on my desktop.
> Surely, Search for places should have found these or am I not using the
> utility correctly?

In a terminal use the command:

find -name "*.lck"

This will display any files with extension .lck in the current directory 
or any subdirectories.


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