find / without traversing /proc

Václav Haisman
Thu Apr 27 17:16:00 GMT 2017

On 27 April 2017 at 10:49, wrote:
> The command "find /" takes forever, if it completes at all, because of the
> need to traverse the induced directory /proc. Is this directory often
> needed by users? Can it be skipped by setting up "export CYGWIN=something",
> or even by default, with the requirement on the user to induce it if needed?
> There seems to be no switch to the command find that would easily allow
> "but not this subdirectory": if there was, I wouldn't be asking. Quite a
> lot of surfing led me to
> $ find / \( -wholename /proc -o -wholename /dev \) -prune -o -print
> which is really heavyweight syntax for a simple requirement. I am pretty
> certain it leads to the behaviour required "do not traverse" though various
> posters seem to think it just leads to "traverse but do not report" saving
> almost nothing.
> Assuming the syntax is correct, I have not been able to incorporate any
> qualifiers such as -type d or -type f or -type l. Any ideas where to slot
> these so that they work?

Doesn't the -xdev switch help with this?


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