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I have a file with joker character patterns:




From the current directory I would like to recursively get the list of files that do not match these patterns.

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find . -type f \! \( -path '*/include/*' -o -path '*/src/*' \)


  • \! is negating the group
  • \( ... \) is how to do groups of conditions for find
  • -o ORs conditions
  • Everything else should be self-explanatory.

If you have a new enough version of find, you could enhance it with:

find . -type f -regextype posix-egrep -regex \! -path '.*/(include|src)/.*'
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Your reputation improves as well when you accept answers. ::prod:: – Brian Vandenberg May 5 '11 at 7:22
Chill out man, we are probably in different timezones... Thanks for the answer. :) – Tamás Szelei May 5 '11 at 8:52
np, was just giving a friendly reminder =) – Brian Vandenberg May 5 '11 at 8:53

First approach, but not using a list of files, others feel free to improve on that:

find . -type f -print | grep -v '.\/src\/*'
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