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How can I find a particular directory in a terminal window in Linux? I think it involves using grep, but I'm not sure how.

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removing find-in-files tag since you are locating a directory, no file-content-search is implied. –  nik Jul 2 '10 at 5:44
    
What do you know about the directory that would allow you to find it? –  David Z Jul 2 '10 at 5:58
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you have to provide at least some search criteria, "particular" is a bit vague. one can find items on the disc based upon names, relation ships, sizes, content, etc etc. –  akira Jul 2 '10 at 7:16

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Would you be looking for something like this?

find . -type d | grep DIRNAME
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what's wrong with find . -name DIRNAME -type d? –  Benjamin Bannier Jul 2 '10 at 5:47
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@honk, Nothing :-) -- the OP seems to like grep; and we all like variety –  nik Jul 2 '10 at 5:51

If you want to find a particular directory that might be anywhere on your computer, the following will work, but it might take a while.

find / -name DIRNAME -type d
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And, if you want to find within the working directory -- replace '/' with '.' -- could get quicker. –  nik Jul 2 '10 at 5:52

If you have it installed, locate is designed for this. Google "man locate"

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Though locate won't provide you real-time results, but instead returns the results it gathered while updatedb was last run. If the filesystem doesn't change much, then it isn't a real problem and locate is very fast. –  Janne Pikkarainen Jul 29 '10 at 11:12

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