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Date:      Sun, 14 Oct 2012 19:32:58 -0500
From:      Paul Schmehl <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Question about find - excluding directories
Message-ID:  <7651E6A84D436D388849B985@Pauls-MacBook-Pro.local>

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I want to use find to locate files that don't belong to a certain user but 
should belong to that user.  But there are subdirectories I want to exclude.

I have tried using this, but it doesn't work:

find /path/to/dir -type d ! -uid num \( -type d ! -name dirname -prune \)

If I leave off the part in parentheses, it finds all the files I'm looking 
for but also files in the subdirs I'm not interested in.

If I add the parentheses, it doesn't find any files at all.

This is FreeBSD 8.3 RELEASE.

So how can I find these files without descending into directories I'm not 
interested in?

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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