I am using the find command to find files of a certain type recursevely in subdirectories. I am trying to send the output from the 'find' command to a text file. However the long file paths returned get split onto multiple lines. I would like to output each file path on a single line.

The command I am using is something like

find /path/to/directories -name *.cdf > filelist.txt

the output I get looks like:


I want my output file to look like:


Any help on how to accomplish this would be much appreciated.


  • 1
    It is already as you want. It looks like terminal or whatever software you use to view it wraps lines. Just do in terminal cat filelist.txt.
    – Pilot6
    Jun 22, 2015 at 16:55
  • less -S filelist.txt will also show the lines unfolded
    – Germar
    Jun 22, 2015 at 17:01
  • Typically, terminals hold 80 characters, and as described above, will 'soft-wrap' text over 80 characters. This changes as you resize your terminal.
    – earthmeLon
    Jun 22, 2015 at 19:27
  • Yes, you were quite right and it was the software (emacs) wraping the lines. Thank You.
    – dabber
    Jun 22, 2015 at 20:16

1 Answer 1


Your Terminal window is too narrow for the lines to be displayed on a single line (per filename).

  • Hold the left ALT-key,
  • while doing so; place mouse pointer over either window side, inside the window,
  • hold down the MIDDLE mouse button
  • and drag to resize the window.

Let go of the mouse button and then ALT as you're content.

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