Searching filenames with wildcards

Asked by John Desmond on 2011-02-03

Hello,

I need to find all the files on my hard disk that have a question mark ('?') in the filename. Unfortunately, the 'search' utility treats '?' as a 'wildcard', and returns only a list of all files on my hard dish.

How can this problem be overcome ?

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2011-02-03
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2011-02-03
Ubfan (ubfan1) said : #1

Escape the question mark with a backslash
From /
sudo find -name "*\?*"
should do it.
And while you can create filenames with question marks, asterisks, blanks, leading hyphens, etc., you soon find you have created a world of pain dealing with them, since many standard scripts simply assume you should know better.

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