I am trying to find a directory named 480debugerror nested under child directories. I don't know the exact path, or even if I have the exact spelling of the directory I want to find.

Is there a Linux command to find directories with a given prefix or suffix, for example directories with a name of "debug" or "debug error", with some prefix or suffix that is unknown?

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    You can try locate (locates files) or find (finds files). – miku Jan 21 '11 at 13:31
  • find -type f -name *ummy... but not get – Bharanikumar Jan 21 '11 at 13:32
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    You need -type d. f searches for files – thkala Jan 21 '11 at 13:34

find is what you need:

$ find -type d -name '*debugerror*'


$ find -type d -name '480debugerror'

if you are certain about the folder name.

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find . -type d \( -iname '*error*' -o -iname '*debug*' \) 
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In bash,

shopt -s nullglob globstar
echo **/*480*/
echo **/*debug*/
echo **/*error*/

searches recursively for directories with names containing 480, debug or error.

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locate -i "480debugerror"

will check a database that lists all the files indexed on your PC. I often have scenarios like this and so I do searches like:

locate -i "debug" | grep -i "log"

which finds all files that have in their path (regardless of case [that's what -i means]) "debug" and "log" (In case you don't know, the | grep means search within the results that locate produces)

The advantage to using locate over find is that locate will produce output much faster (since it's only checking a database) but if the file/folder is not indexed then it will not find anything. (to update the database you can use sudo updatedb)

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  • Only if you have slocate installed. Some production environment does not :-( – Zsolt Botykai Jan 21 '11 at 14:28
  • True but if an option I would say it's superior to find... – j3frea Jan 21 '11 at 14:47

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