On Monday 19 May 2008 11:46, Jonathan Chen wrote: > On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 01:49:35AM -0700, Garrett Cooper wrote: > > Riddle for the day for folks that have source trees... what would you > > expect this to print out (ask yourself the question and then execute the > > command)? > > > > find /usr/src -name Makefile -or -name '*.mk' -print > > > > The expected output and what actual output differed in my mind, but maybe > > somebody else can "shed some light" on the logic behind what happened > > It's a problem that catches many young players with find(1). One has > to remember from reading the man-page that all directives have an > implicit AND operator on it; and that includes the "-print" directive. > So to get what you want, you have to introduce brackets: > > find /usr/src \( -name Makefile -or -name '*.mk' \) -print
Or, slightly bizarrely, just leave the -print off altogether - as the manpage says, If none of -exec, -ls, -print0, or -ok is specified, the given expression shall be effectively replaced by ( given expression ) -print. [Note the parens around given expression] I forget where I saw this quote first, but the last five words always make me think of the find command: Real Programmers consider "what you see is what you get" to be just as bad a concept in Text Editors as it is in women. No, the Real Programmer wants a "you asked for it, you got it" text editor - complicated, cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous. Jonathan _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"