Linux: How can I find a file on my system?

by on September 28, 2006 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED December 27, 2006

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Q. I have remove server. I login through SSH program. How do I find a file called xyz on my Linux server system?

A. You can use find command. It search for files in a directory hierarchy under Linux and all other UNIX like oses. Use find command to find a file from shell prompt.

Find command syntax

find Search-Directory-Path -name file-name-to-search

Examples

To find a file called zyz in /home/user directory type the command:
$ find /home/user -name xyz

To find a file called passwd in / (search entire system) directory type the command:
$ find / -name passwd

See this previous article for more info.

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1 Hoff123 February 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Awesome! Thank you so much. This will definitely come in handy sometime(and right now…when I googled how to do it…lol) :).

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2 none August 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

To find a file called zyz in /home/user directory type the command:
$ find /home/user -name xyz
you mean to say To find a file called xyz ???

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