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Hey guys,

Sorry not sure what’s wrong with this statement. I’ve tried a few variations of trying to exclude the /var/www directory.

[root@224432-24 apr-1.5.1]# find / -name “*httpd*” -type d \( ! -name www \)

The ultimate intention once I get a suitable find command is to delete all references to httpd. I’m trying to do a clean install of apache ‘the company way’. But before I do that I want to get rid of the apache that was there.

I’ve already queried the rpm database and did a yum remove of the apache packages.

So where I’m I going wrong with the above statement? Looks right to me!

Thanks Tim

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  • Hi

    find / -name “*httpd*” -type d |grep -v www\

    Thanks.. Ideally I’d like to use the -delete flag to find once i have the right command. But with that I suppose I could use find / -name “*httpd*”
    -type d |grep -v www\ | xargs rm -rfv

    Assuming that the initial find doesn’t do anything too scary.

    Thanks Tim

  • 2014-10-28 23:00 GMT+02:00 Tim Dunphy :

    In CentOS, the apache package is named httpd, not apache. try removing the packages first. (yum remove httpd)

  • Yup! Already done. I did say I removed apache packages, realizing the name of the package is actually httpd in CentOS. My bad for not communicating clearly. This exercise is just to remove any stray bits of httpd that are left on the system before I do a source install. It’s what the client wants.

    thanks tim

  • Well, no name that matches “*httpd*” will also match “www”, so that last term will never match. What you want is the “prune” action:

    find / -name www -prune -o -name “*httpd*”

  • Or use -path instead of -name.

    Your original find statement should work with the -path test.

    find / -name “*httpd*” -type d \( ! -path /var/www \)

    but combining it with -prune is more efficient since it excludes the whole directory tree instead of individually excluding each file.

    find / -path /var/www -prune -o -name “*httpd*”