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How can I find all files in a directory recursively, except those in the .git directory?

I tried the folowing: find . \! -name ".*" but that didn't work.

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find . -name '.git' -prune -o -print

-prune as an action will cause the matched directories to be "pruned" from the search tree, i.e. they won't be searched.

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Thank you. Also for the explanation. – scrrr Feb 27 '12 at 18:42
-o is the POSIX-compliant of -or (the logical or). So basically, find is looking for something named .git, but prune it, or anything else, and then print it. -print is the default expression that is normally omitted from typical find calls. @scrrr – slhck Feb 27 '12 at 18:45
@slhck: Didn't know that. Thanks! – scrrr Feb 27 '12 at 18:47

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