September 13, 2017

How many times have you executed find only to see copious error messages that drown out the meaningful output? Sure, you could redirect stderr to /dev/null but then you might miss an actual error. There is a solution.

By adding an alias to your .bashrc you can filter out errors for non-readable files.

    local start="$1"
    find $start ! -readable -prune -o $* -print

In English this alias uses the first argument as the search directory. It then removes all non-readable results. Finally all remaining arguments are passed to find. The downside to this alias is that -print is specified. If you don’t want that flag you are out of luck and should use find directly.



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