The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
2answers
71 views

bash shell loop through directory listing contents and executability

I'm currently working on a homework assignment and I need to take a given directory path and from that list the files and directories in it. While also including if it's executable or not. I'm also ...
1
vote
7answers
538 views

Matching n letter filename with ls

I am using the ls command in bash, trying to find all files or directory of length n. Let's say n=5 My command is: ls ????? But this would also include characters that are non letters such as ...
1
vote
2answers
140 views

Confused about the behavior of asterisk in ls command

On Centos and Debian I tried this. Does the * with the ls command imply recursive search? If I start to type a dir name and hit tab I see this: # ls /etc/rc<tab> rc0.d/ rc1.d/ rc2.d/ ...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

List file in sub directory with certain permission

So basically I need to list files in sub directory which has all permission for user and group but not other. Basically rwxrwx--- All I got is: ls -d */* to show the sub directories but now how ...
0
votes
2answers
59 views

List files in your home directory [duplicate]

Im having trouble figuring out that, if I'm in let say the directory /home/test/test2 but I want to find the number of files in the /home directory, how would I do it. I know how to do it if it was ...
0
votes
2answers
46 views

File sort by time issue

I have a requirement to identify sequence gap in a set of files. Sequence starts at FILENAME_0001 and ends at FILENAME_9999. After this the sequence is restarted from 0001. To implement a proper ...
1
vote
2answers
71 views

How to order several options of a command (ls)?

Why doesn't ls behave the same after exchanging the order of options -l and -f? $ ls -l -f 0821131236.jpg 0823130821.jpg $ ls -f -l total 33176 -rw-rw-r-- 1 t t 364186 Jan 6 16:06 ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Listing files with a certain extension

I'm suppose to write a command that would list all files that end in .tx with an optional t at the end. So far all I got is listing the files that end in .tx which is: ls *.tx Now my problem is ...
1
vote
2answers
130 views

using ls in bash

I have some files like this: a.10 a.15 a.20 a.30 a.40 a.50 if I want to do a same work for all of them I can use for data in `ls a*| sort -n` If I want to do same work one by one. I can use: ...
3
votes
2answers
48 views

Strange discrepancy of file sizes from ls

I've been using ls -sh to check file sizes ever since 1997 or so, but today something strange happened: ninja@vm:foo$ ls -sh total 98M 1,0M app 64M app_fake_signed.sbp 800K loader 804K ...
3
votes
1answer
63 views

Change dir colour in bash output

Under Mac OSX, I am trying to change the dir colour when ls outputs in the bash shell. So I placed this line at the end of my .bashrc file and reloaded. LS_COLORS=$LS_COLORS:'di=0;32:' ; export ...
13
votes
5answers
362 views

How can I find the first missing directory in a long path?

Imagine I have a path that doesn't exist: $ ls /foo/bar/baz/hello/world ls: cannot access /foo/bar/baz/hello/world: No such file or directory But let's say /foo/bar does exist. Is there a quick way ...
2
votes
5answers
551 views

ls | grep works doesn't work with ls --color

I'm trying to list all hidden dirs with the following command ls -lhAF1 | grep -E '^d.*[0-9]{2}:[0-9]{2} \.' which works perfectly fine Explanation for Regex: I'm trying to get all rows that ...
48
votes
4answers
3k views

Why is 'ls' suddenly wrapping items with spaces in single quotes?

I just noticed that on one of my machines (running Debian Sid) whenever I type ls any file name with spaces has single quotes surrounding it. I immediately checked my aliases, only to find them ...
11
votes
2answers
440 views

Why does `watch` make `ls /tmp` list contents of $HOME?

I'm trying to watch number of files in my /tmp/ directory. For this I thought this command would work: watch sh -c 'ls /tmp/|wc -l' But it appears to work as if ls had no arguments. Namely, I'm in ...
1
vote
3answers
189 views

How to exclude the output file from ls output

Let's say I have these files on desktop: aaa.jpg bbb.jpg I want to list these two jpg's and output them to a .txt file: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop ls -1 > all.txt With this code the ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

ls -lu does not give last access time

The manpage of ls says: -u with -lt: sort by, and show, access time; with -l: show access time and sort by name; otherwise: sort by access time but that doesn't seem to work: ...
1
vote
2answers
153 views

Full file date (without GNU utilities)

I am trying to obtain the full date (created or modified) of a particular file for passing to another program. I have tried variations of options with the ls command but none provide a full date for ...
1
vote
2answers
40 views

files per directory in a single line

I have following directories: Sample1 Sample2 Each of it contains multiple subfolders like Sample1/R1/ Sample1/R2/ Sample1/R3/ Sample2/R1/ Sample2/R2/ Sample2/R3/ Which further contains ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

my home directory appears in my download directory

In my Downloads folder when I run ls I see the home directory, and I don't know why, I want to remove it but I am afraid to remove my home folder. Can anyone tell me how I can just remove the home ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

udev creates the right rules, but rights disappear as soon as I try to access files via C++

I'm facing a really strange problem using udev. As I already explained here I'm trying to access some folders/files as a no root user Here are my udev rules for the gpio folder: KERNEL=="gpio*", ...
0
votes
1answer
76 views

Strange directories in /home

There are some strange directories appearing in /home (so far, maybe in other locations too). These directories do not show up in ls but do with bash's tab autocomplete, when doing things like cd. ...
1
vote
2answers
100 views

Listing line number of results in `find` and `ls` [duplicate]

Is it possible with either find or ls to see, in a list of results, if any given entry is the nth result, what n is? So, for example, pretend ls -l returns: total 0 -rw-rw---- 1 bigdog bigdog 0 Jan ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

size of directory reported by ls [duplicate]

I understand the size reported by ls corresponds with number of inodes inside the directory, not their actual size. I have noticed peculiar behavior, when displaying directory size with ls. Here is ...
1
vote
4answers
140 views

How to show only hidden directories, and then find hidden files seperately

I'm trying to list all the hidden files in a directory, but not other directories, and I am trying to do this using only ls and grep ls -a | egrep "^\." This is what I have so far, but the problem ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

ls default sorting inconsistent

Why does adding identical characters to the end of filenames change the sort order as shown below? In any sane string comparison method I would expect the comparison of 2 strings to not differ if the ...
6
votes
3answers
270 views

Flatten the output of a recursive directory listing

Is there a way to list out all the files within a directory tree in a single list, sorted by modification time on Linux? ls -Rlt lists out files recursively, but they are grouped under different ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

ls & dircolors - differentiate between symlink to directory and symlink to regular file

Is it possible to have the colors for symlinks-to-directories be colored differently than other symlinks? I know I can do: Link target to get the symlinks to take the color settings of their ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

What are the possible file type characters `ls -l` can make, and what do they all mean? [duplicate]

Running ls -l, I can get a lot of different prefixes for the permissions, for example: lrwxr-xr-x drwxr-xr-x prw-r--r-- These are permission from a link, a directory, and a pipe respectively. What ...
1
vote
0answers
46 views

change ls color on OpenWrt

I am not able to change the color of dir entries for ls command (dark blu is a very annoying color to read) on my OpenWrt device. I've added the line LS_COLORS=$LS_COLORS:'di=0;37:' ; export ...
1
vote
4answers
289 views

How to sort files by part of the filename?

Given the files below: ABC38388.SC01.StatueGrade_MKP ABC38388.SC02.Statue_GKP DEF38389.SC03.Statue_HKP XYZ38390.SC00.Statue_WKP How can I list them all based on the SC value, like this: ...
9
votes
6answers
5k views

How do I pipe ls to grep, and delete the files filtered by grep?

I wanted to delete some package in my home file, but the filename was too long (google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb). So, I decided to use the command ls|grep chrome|rm to pipe the files to grep to ...
3
votes
3answers
348 views

List the first 4 lines of all the files in a given directory

What command could I create that will list the first 4 lines of all the files in a given directory?
0
votes
0answers
17 views

How are the sizes of Linux directories determined? [duplicate]

The results of ls -lh provides, among other things, a listing of subdirectories and their sizes. As the directories' sizes are not determined by the sum of the files within them, how are they ...
1
vote
2answers
86 views

`du -b` shows different size than `ls`

I have a directory with a few hundred files (real files, no symlinks, no subdirectories). When I use ls -la and sum up the sizes in Excel I get 287190 bytes(?). When I use du -b or du ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

how to get latest file in each dir

Is there a Unix command to get the latest file in logsarchive of each dir of /app/instance? In the example below, I have 5 folders in /app/instance: as_a, as_b, as_c, aunz, naeu and I need to get the ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

bash: How to determine the largest number (newest version) from: ls *.tar.gz | cut -c 2-4

Hi I'm trying to get the largest number (newest version) of a file, I got a bunch of tar.gz files in a directory, versions of some software in the format v${version_number}_software.tar.gz, where ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

ls without --time-style support

I need the achieve the same output in FMTIME as achieved by the following command: FMTIME=`ls -l --time-style=+%s $FILE | cut -f6 -d' '` but my linux does not support --time-style. I am running :: ...
1
vote
3answers
72 views

How use an if statement to change the output message

When i run this command it still outputs the same message when nothing is in the waste bin directory, how could I get the command to output a different message when there are no files in the bin? ...
1
vote
2answers
474 views

File Permissions Sticky&User Execution

After the website of a client has been hacked, I found some files with the following permissions set What exactly S and T stands for? Also, which one is the command to set them with those ...
2
votes
1answer
293 views

passing variables from 'ls' to 'tar' via 'xargs'

I am trying to do something like ls -t | head -n 3 | xargs -I {} tar -cf t.tar {} to archive the 3 last modified files but it ends up running the tar command separately for each of the files and at ...
2
votes
1answer
80 views

ls after cd in tcsh?

I cannot seem to find an answer to this question. In my .bash_profile I have this line: cd() { builtin cd "$@"; ll; } which executes ll every time I change directories. I would like this ...
1
vote
1answer
493 views

ls: No such file or directory error

I am writing a very basic shell for my school. Even thought commands like "pwd" or "date" works when i try "ls" it shows me that "ls: No such file or directory error" The code of my shell is ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

How do I do a long listing of files and only show those that are a certain size?

I need to show a long listing of files in a directory but only those that are a certain size in bytes. Can someone tell me how to do this?
2
votes
5answers
210 views

How can I list the names of directories that contain file names matching a regex?

Given a directory X that contains several subdirectories and files, I would like to list the names of the immediate child directories of X that (directly or indirectly) contain file names matching the ...
3
votes
5answers
492 views

Search files for a string and if found check if a file with paired name exists in the same directory

I have many different files with the same ending .ft1 that may or may not contain one specific word special. For the files that contain this word, I want to check whether another file with a different ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Using `tree`, how do I output files before subdirectories?

I tried to combine --dirsfirst and -r, but directories still show up on top, only in reverse alphabetical order. It seems like -r is applied first, which is also indicated by the man pages. Any other ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

How can binary names in command prompt be colored

I recently saw in a presentation that the typed in commands that matched something in /bin /sbin /... were colored green. It looked nice and felt more structured. How can this be achieved with ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

`ls\` logs out of terminal session?

Like many, I have an alias ll=ls -l[.]+ set. A moment ago, I typed ll and then accidentally hit \ on the way to return. I hit return again to finish the command (on the continued line prompt), ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

List extensions of files and their amount [duplicate]

I want to list file extensions and the number of files for this extensions at once. I tried this: ls -R | grep -Eo "\..+" | sort -u|wc -l but it only count the number of file extensions, without wc -l ...