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Ian Stoddard
Ian Stoddard
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find command, works differently in Mac OS Terminal?

Been playing around in on my own computer to get used to these commands. One thing that's puzzling me is that an exact example from this section, the command (find -name "*.txt"), does not work for me in the Mac OS Terminal the way that it does in Workspace. It returns (find: illegal option --n). I've had no luck with this by trying to understand the man page for find, either: it appears that this ought to work, so far as I can see? Anyone know why this is different, and how to actually use it?

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Not 100% sure but it appears you have to specify a directory in the Mac terminal. Ex:

find \documents -name "*.pdf"

finds all pdfs in the documents directory