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I need to exclude Time Machine path /Volumes/somedrive/Backups.backupdb from the results of find.

I currently use the following code, but it generates massive logs as it finds and includes all files in the Time Machine folder:

do shell script "find -x " & from_path & " -print0 | xargs -0 ls -d -F -P -l -T -a -e -i -o -p -q " & from_path & " > " & to_path user name "name" password "pass" with administrator privileges

I tried some examples from this site but I can't figure it out.

How I can use find and exclude certain paths?

  • The -x will exclude your Time Machine volume. Remove the & from_path after xargs in your do shell script statement. – fd0 Apr 29 '16 at 13:04
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There's a great answer over on Stack Overflow covering this: Exclude directory from find . command

Essentially, the command to exclude directories from find is as follows:

find . -type d \( -path dir1 -o -path dir2 -o -path dir3 \) -prune -o -print

From the above example, you should be able to extrapolate excluding a single directory.

A brief explanation:

-type d        # type: directories
-path dir1     # your path
-o             # "or"
-prune         # skip the previous set
-print         # print results

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