Hello, If you run "find . -name *.txt" in a directory containing foo.txt and bar.txt then the shell expands *.txt before executing find, i.e. you would be running "find . -name foo.txt bar.txt" which produces a syntax error. Either quote ('*.txt') or escape (\*.txt) the argument.
Closing. ** Changed in: findutils (Ubuntu) Status: New => Invalid -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Ubuntu Touch seeded packages, which is subscribed to findutils in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1786625 Title: "find" command throws nonsense error message Status in findutils package in Ubuntu: Invalid Bug description: Steps to reproduce: 1. Run this command from a terminal: $ find . -name *.txt Expected result: It should list all the files found in the current directory or any descendant directory whose name ends in ".txt". It may or may not find matching files, depending on whether there are or there aren't. If there's something wrong in my command, then it should ALWAYS consistently issue a sensible error message explaining what's wrong with my command, and that should happen regardless of the contents of the current directory. Observed results: If there are no .txt files to be found, it behaves as expected (i.e., no results, no error message). If there are files ending in .txt, sometimes it behaves as expected, showing the results. If, however, there are files ending in ".txt" with dashes ("-") or spaces (" ") in the filename, AND there is more than one file that matches the criteria, then it displays this completely nonsensical error message: ```````````` find: paths must precede expression: XXXXXXXXXXXX.txt Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D help|tree|search|stat|rates|opt|exec|time] [path...] [expression] ```````````` where "XXXXXXXXXXXXX.txt" is an actual filename of a matching file. For example, this will reproduce the issue: ```````````````````````````` $ echo "lalala" > aaa.txt $ echo "lololo" > foo-bar.txt $ find . -name *.txt find: paths must precede expression: foo-bar.txt Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [-Olevel] [-D help|tree|search|stat|rates|opt|exec|time] [path...] [expression] ```````````````````````````` ProblemType: Bug DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04 Package: linux-image-4.4.0-131-generic 4.4.0-131.157 ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-131.157-generic 4.4.134 Uname: Linux 4.4.0-131-generic x86_64 NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_uvm nvidia ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.18 Architecture: amd64 AudioDevicesInUse: USER PID ACCESS COMMAND /dev/snd/controlC0: teo 2898 F.... pulseaudio CurrentDesktop: Unity Date: Sat Aug 11 17:30:54 2018 HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=ff7e702a-a05a-47fd-8c14-551e81f9e9e3 InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-10-11 (1764 days ago) InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424) MachineType: Acer Aspire V3-571G ProcFB: 0 inteldrmfb ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-131-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=5830b30e-69e8-4bb4-8a2b-bc2b43c7414a ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7 RelatedPackageVersions: linux-restricted-modules-4.4.0-131-generic N/A linux-backports-modules-4.4.0-131-generic N/A linux-firmware 1.157.20 SourcePackage: linux UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install) dmi.bios.date: 10/15/2012 dmi.bios.vendor: Acer dmi.bios.version: V2.07 dmi.board.asset.tag: Type2 - Board Asset Tag dmi.board.name: VA50_HC_CR dmi.board.vendor: Acer dmi.board.version: Type2 - Board Version dmi.chassis.type: 10 dmi.chassis.vendor: Acer dmi.chassis.version: V2.07 dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAcer:bvrV2.07:bd10/15/2012:svnAcer:pnAspireV3-571G:pvrV2.07:rvnAcer:rnVA50_HC_CR:rvrType2-BoardVersion:cvnAcer:ct10:cvrV2.07: dmi.product.name: Aspire V3-571G dmi.product.version: V2.07 dmi.sys.vendor: Acer To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/findutils/+bug/1786625/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages Post to : firstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~touch-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp