find / without traversing /proc

Andrey Repin
Fri Apr 28 17:19:00 GMT 2017

Greetings, Václav Haisman!

> 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?

Just keep in mind that -xdev is an extension and different platform may use a
different way to indicate that find should stick to the current device.

With best regards,
Andrey Repin
Friday, April 28, 2017 04:10:57

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