I think what I'm talking about is this part of the manpage, which is just barely too indecipherable for me:
-delete ... It will not attempt to delete a filename with a ``/'' character in its pathname relative to ``.'' for security reasons...
Specifically, what I'm trying to do is
$ find . -name '.svn' -type d -delete.
I realize I can use
-exec for this instead, but
find appears to work without issue for other names, including deep in directories (that obviously contain many
/ characters in their pathnames).
Perhaps it's ignoring dotfiles instead and the documentation is wrong?