Using Find with Shell on Mac

Alex Tweedly alex at tweedly.net
Wed Aug 9 20:26:46 EDT 2017



On 10/08/2017 01:10, Alex Tweedly via use-livecode wrote:
> You should put quotes around the "*.livecode", because
>
> find ~/ -iname "*.livecode" -print
>
> will do what I think you want to do.
>
> Whereas if you do,
>
> find ~/ -iname *.livecode -print
>
> the  *.livecode   is seen by, and interpreted by, shell - and so 
> expands to the livecode files in your home directory. You need to put 
> quotes around it so that it is passed as a string to the find command, 
> which can then use it to match names.
>
That's not quite right - it will be the files in your *current* 
directory, not your home directory. In the case of the msg box, that 
will be your home directory - but doing it from terminal, it will be 
whatever directory you happen to be in at the time - so that's why it 
would give different results.
Alex.
>
> (I'm not 100% sure why you didn't have the same problem in terminal as 
> well as in msg box - but I'd change this and expect it will help).
>
> -- Alex.
>
>
> On 09/08/2017 23:56, Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami via use-livecode wrote:
>> I'm pretty much fed up with Spotlight.
>>
>> On Linux apps I use Locate, which is really efficient.
>>
>> but setting up and keep the locate dbase on mac is also frought with 
>> issues.  it will not index $Home
>>
>> which is weird.
>>
>> FIND is slower of course, but perfectly effective.
>>
>> this:
>>
>> find ~/ -iname *.livecode
>>
>> from terminal get me *every* with .livecode in my user folder. in my 
>> UI's for locate I just get all the results into a var, then filter 
>> that var with strings and update the results field… works great, very 
>> fast.
>>
>> But this, inside the msg box:
>>
>> put "find ~/ -iname *.livecode" into tShell
>> put shell(tShell)
>>
>>
>> is only returning a single line:
>>
>> /Users/Brahmanathaswami//OneDrive/_RevData/Books in Rev/HAP_Trilogy 
>> Reader Source/source/HAP_Trilogy-Reader1-1.livecode
>>
>>
>> Why don't we get all the results we do in terminal?
>>
>>
>> BR
>>
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