Summary: find and no NFS

From: William Kwan <>
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 12:03:10 EDT
The original post was about locate world-writeable file and setuid 

I want to limited the find to local filesystems only.  I don't want 
multiple NFS clients run the find on the same NFS export.  I got some 
permission errors and "Stale NFS file handle" errors with "-local". 

There were many many replies.  Sorry, I can't list everyone replied.   The 
suggestions are:

1. It is your fault, RTFM again.
    Manpage said  -local  *WILL* descend the hierarchy of  non-local 

2. Check out "-prune"
     Always yields true. Does not examine  any  directories or  files in 
the directory structure below the pattern just matched.

3. use -xdev
    Same as -mount primary

4. try -mount

5. Manpage!  There's an example in the manpage
    Example 9: Printing local files without descending non-local 
           %find . ! -local -prune -o -print

1. The main point is "-local" still descend NFS mounted directories. 
That's why I got some errors.
2. To get the job done--->
Since I want find to drill down from / on many systems with probably 
different filesystem setup. I can't use "-mount" for each filesystem.

Darren Dunham pointed out that
find / \( -fstype ufs -o -fstype vxfs \) -type f -perm -6000 -print
>All that happens there is that the result on remote files is false.  It
>doesn't stop the recursion.  You need -prune for that.  That's what
>Example 9 in the man page does.

Dan Stromberg suggested
> find . -fstype nfs -prune -o -print

Nope, I don't have an exact answer yet.  I was out yesterday.  I played 
with this a bit this morning.  The followings seems to good so far

find / -fstype nfs -prune -o -perm -2 -print 
find / \! -local -prune -o -perm -2 -print

Thanks a lot ... and I'll remember to boot up my brain before reading the 
man page.

----- Forwarded by William Kwan/NewYork/DBNA/DeuBa on 08/26/2005 10:59 AM 

"William Kwan" <> 
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08/23/2005 04:29 PM


find and NO nfs

Hi all,

I want to look for some files and dont' need to look at things other than 
ufs and vxfs.  I absolutely dont' need to look at NFS also.
I did this
        find / -local -type f -perm -6000 -print

        - it take much longer than it should
        - I got a few error message on can't read some user home dir 
mounted by autofs
        - and got this "find: cannot open /: Stale NFS file handle" (I was 


Tried this and seems to have the same problem.

        find / \( -fstype ufs -o -fstype vxfs \) -type f -perm -6000 

Is it me using the wrong find syntax or is this system build version?

thanks in advance and I'll summarize even it is a dumb mistake =)
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