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Is there a way to ensure find/sed include hidden files during processing?

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Can you give an example of what it's not finding? – Kevin Feb 23 '12 at 2:02
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Neither find nor sed care about hidden files; if hidden files are being ignored then its because your shell is ignoring them. On bash, set the dotglob option (via shopt -s dotglob) in order to cause globbing to match files that start with a ..

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I don't agree. find enumerates files all on its own, recursively; it does not rely on the shell command-line processing (and indeed often works better when command-line arguments are escaped or quoted to avoid shell processing). – Ben Voigt Feb 23 '12 at 0:53

From the find manpage:

-name pattern

Base of file name (the path with the leading directories removed) matches shell pattern pattern. The metacharacters ('*', '?', and '[]') match a '.' at the start of the base name (this is a change in findutils-4.2.2; see section STANDARDS CONFORMANCE below). To ignore a directory and the files under it, use -prune; see an example in the description of -wholename. Braces are not recognised as being special, despite the fact that some shells including Bash imbue braces with a special meaning in shell patterns. The filename matching is performed with the use of the fnmatch(3) library function. Don't forget to enclose the pattern in quotes in order to protect it from expansion by the shell.

So check what version of find you are using, and consider upgrading.

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