Odd “find” Behavior Under Windows: “paths must precede expression”

I noticed a problem in the “find” version being delivered in the currently available GnuWin32. I have csproj files strewn throughout a tree. Most of the sln files are in the root. I can search for csproj‘s but I get an error with sln‘s.

D:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*.csproj"
<...>
^C

D:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*.sln"
c:\gnu\find: paths must precede expression
Usage: c:\gnu\find [-H] [-L] [-P] [path...] [expression]

Of course I’m already using quotes to prevent premature expansion but it’s not making a difference.

It looks like this might be a recent bug. If you sabotage Windows’ ability to expand before find can process the expression by using something Windows can’t understand, then it’ll work just fine:

c:\sc_root>c:\gnu\find . -name "*[.]sln"
<...>

Special thanks for this SO post.

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