It is not just a front-end which just forks and execs "find", nor is it a utility that reinvents the wheel by rewriting the "find" utility itself.
The original source code to the GNU "find" utility (as found in findutils-4.1) was used, and a GUI component was integrated into it. Consequently, the actual file finding backend component is based on the very stable and mature code in GNU "find", while the GUI component provides a modern, easy-to-use, yet powerful, interface.
By making it a truely graphical program, it avoids the common portability problems typically encountered by front-ends when they run on systems without GNU "find", as well as avoiding messy issues with forking a new process and communicating with it (e.g., pipes, temporary files, etc.).
gnome-find features a default, no-nonsense dialog for use in most commonly specified searches. Additionally, a second, more detailed and advanced dialog is available to specify more powerful search parameters.
gnome-find is free software (also called open source) developed and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Last updated on May 21st, 2000 by Andy Kahn.
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