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I want to use the find command in linux to find a specific file nested within a specific directory structure, say dir1/dir2/reqdfile.

But this directory structure can itself be nested within any parent directory structure.

Is it possible to a search like?

find directory_to_search -name "**/dir1/dir2/reqdfile"

What is the exact syntax?

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Use -path instead of -name:

find directory_to_search -path "*/dir1/dir2/reqdfile"

Note that there's only one asterisk.

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In general, a quick and dirty alternative would be to use grep. Though it's not as clean for find specifically, thanks to the -path option, many similar cases can be solved like so:

find directory | grep "/dir1/dir2/reqdfile$"
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