How to skip "permission denied" errors when running find in Linux?
How do I remove “permission denied” printout statements from the find program?
When I run this command in Linux (SuSE):
find / -name ant
I get many error messages of the form:
find: `/etc/cups/ssl': Permission denied
find take an argument to skip showing these errors and only try files that I have permission to access?
you can filter out messages to
stderr. I prefer to redirect them to
stdout like this.
find / -name art 2>&1 | grep -v "Permission denied"
In short, all regular output goes to standard output (
stdout). All error messages to standard error (
grep usually finds/prints the specified string, the
-v inverts this, so it finds/prints every string that doesn’t contain “Permission denied”. All of your output from the find command, including error messages usually sent to
stderr (file descriptor 2) go now to
stdout(file descriptor 1) and then get filtered by the
This assumes you are using the
tcsh/csh you would use
find / -name art |& grep ....