find: paths must precede expression

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3.01.2015
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In Linux bash you may face an error while using wildcard * to search files. For e.g. trying to search all jar files with the following command:

find. -name *.jar

will give following error:

find: paths must precede expression

Usage: find [-H] [-L] [-P] [path…] [expression]

Reason is that * is interpreted by shell itself before arguments are passed to find command. * will resolve to all folders and files within current folder, hence does not make much sense with .jar extension at the end. For this reason we need to escape * somehow so that it goes to find command as it is, without expanded by shell. There are 2 ways that I know:

find . -name *.jar

second is

find . -name ‘*.jar’

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