find a file

norman norman at
Mon Aug 6 12:26:12 UTC 2007

On Mon, 2007-08-06 at 13:39 +0200, Nils Kassube wrote:
> 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.

Thank you. I assume then, that if I am in my home directory, the search
would include the desktop as a sub-directory. However, if the file I
want is any other directory such as var or usr then I would need to
search each of these separately. Is that correct?


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