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Why does this invocation of find:

find . -wholename "./path/somewhere/*.py"

Take a lot longer than

find ./path/somewhere -wholename "*.py"

Is it because the first invocation will traverse the entire tree, and for each entry (regardless of where it is in the directory tree), it will do a patternmatch with wholename, whereas the second alternative traverses only the subtree matching the first parameter to find?

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you answered it. – Prince John Wesley Jul 8 '11 at 1:01
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Yes, you hit the nail on the head. This is why using -prune where possible can make a find command much faster.

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