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What options do I need to use with find to exclude hidden files?

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Aside: the reason there isn't some special support for this task is that the only thing special about files named with a leading '.' is that there are not listed by ls unless specifically requested: they are completely ordinary files in every respect, its just that ls lets you ignore them by default. –  dmckee Jun 16 '10 at 0:32
Question: do you want to hide something like .hidden/visible.txt? –  Keith Thompson Oct 13 '11 at 0:20

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I found this here:

find . \( ! -regex '.*/\..*' \) -type f -name "whatever"
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Why not just \( ! -name '.*' \)? –  grawity Jun 16 '10 at 15:15
@grawity I just found that, I don't know entirely how it works. Would yours not only hide hidden files, but hidden directories and all their sub-content and hidden files in subfolders? –  Jarvin Jun 16 '10 at 16:05
No, it wouldn't :/ But \( ! -path '*/.*' \) would. –  grawity Jun 16 '10 at 16:38
@grawity Ya, I guess I made an assumption about what the OP wanted... Your -name solution is probably the closest to what they were asking for. –  Jarvin Jun 16 '10 at 18:07
@grawity&Dan: Isn't it ( !-path '^.*' ) ?? your solutions will ignore any file that has a '.' anywhere in the file name like a.exe, b.out etc.... –  Anand Jeyahar Jun 30 '11 at 8:27

This doesn't answer your question, but for the task of finding non-hidden files I like to let find find all the files then filter with grep.

find . -type f | grep -v '/\.'

Similar to your approach but perhaps a bit simpler.

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