The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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How to list the n'th youngest file (without parsing ls!)

So I know parsing ls is bad!. Today I found this nugget: FILENAME=`ls -t $READ_FOLDER | head -1` So I believe originally this was designed to grab the newest filename, I actually now want to adapt ...
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How to get only files created after a date with ls?

With the ls command, is it possible to show only the files created after a specific date, hour...? I'm asking it because I have a directory with thousand of files. I want so see all files that were ...
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How do I display the nth result of an ls command?

I used this command to display the first result of files in my directory. ls | head -n 1 My simple question is, how can I modify this command to display say the nth result? Thanks!
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How can I list subdirectories recursively?

The obvious ls -dR does not work. I am currently using find /path/ -type d -ls but the output is not what I need (plain listing of sub-folders) Is there a way out?
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Why root bash output is colored but `sudo ls` output is not?

In bash (I am using Ubuntu 12.04) I get colored outputs either as root (after sudo su) or as a normal user. I checked (after reading this post) the files .bashrc for normal user and superuser and ...
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How to list atime for files?

According to this post can stat be used to give the atime on Linux, but FreeBSD 10.1 doesn't have the GNU stat. How do I list the atime for files?
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How to colourise hidden files in `ls` file listings?

LS_COLORS environmental variable lets you decide on colours for different file types for ls command, such as, directories, regular files, links etc. I suppose that dot files are considered a variation ...
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Sorting files according to size recursively

how to scan a folder recursively and find the largest files in the folder, and sort them by size. I have tried using ls -R -S but it tends to list the directories as well I need to scan the folders ...
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How to list all files in the size order

I would like to list all files in the order of big to small in size and the files could be present anywhere in a certain folder.
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Non-standard sorting of the ls output

I usually include a date in the filename so that files and directories are listed in chronological order when I use the ls command, e.g. 2015-08-29_letter_to_santa.txt. A drawback is that ...
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How to know if output is being redirected to a file? [duplicate]

I am working on displaying output like ls command (just ls, no options). And I have a working program using the system calls. But I experienced a strange behavior while testing as shown below. $ ls ...
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Making a *nicely* formatted list of number of files in directories - awk & sed probably

I have lots and lots of files in a series of directories, and would like a nicely formatted list of how many files are in each directory. The directories are ordered thus: Parent directories named ...
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“Display all <num> possibilities? (y or n)” for ls command

When I attempt to tab complete a filename in the bash prompt, and the output would be many (>100) filenames, the shell asks Display all <num> possibilities? (y or n) Can I replicate this ...
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Is it possible to make ls ignore Windows hidden files?

I'm using the GnuWin32 libraries on a Windows 7 machine. Everything is working fine except that the ls command is showing all of the NTFS hidden files. The solutions I've found for this so far all use ...
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No colored output in less for the ls command

If I run ls I get colored output which I find pretty handy for quickly getting a glance of the kind of file. When I try to pipe it to less even with the -r and -R flags the coloring always get lost. I ...
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Single line command to cat last file in ls -lrt output? [duplicate]

System log files are serialized and I use ls -lrt to show me the most recent file. I then cat that file. This requires typing a long serial number each time. How can I cat the last file appearing in ...
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ls -l numbers between the size and the group

when I run ls -l /dev/null /dev/zero /dev/tty I get: crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3 Aug 9 09:05 /dev/null crw-rw-rw- 1 root tty 5, 0 Aug 9 09:05 /dev/tty crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 5 Aug 9 09:05 ...
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How to report number of files in all subdirectories?

I need to inspect all sub-directories and report how many files (without further recursion) they contain: directoryName1 numberOfFiles directoryName2 numberOfFiles
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Get number of files in each directory [duplicate]

I have a directory with a very large number of subdirectories (~800) that were generated programmatically. I want to get a count of the number of files in each of these subdirectories to check for ...
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How can I search for a file with fixed name length using ls?

In a directory, I have files like lazer_100506 lazer_100707 lazer_091211 lazer_110103 lazer_100406_temp lazer_100622#delete etc How can I get a listing of only the first four files? $ ls ...
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What is the alternative for ls command in linux? [duplicate]

How can I list the current directory or any directory path contents without using ls command? Can we do it using echo command?
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What to use when the “ls” command doesn't work?

I tried to use the ls command and got an error: bash: /bin/ls: cannot execute binary file What can I use instead of this command?
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To list only the file names in a present working directory using unix shell command [duplicate]

There are some links,directories and files in my path. I want to list only the file names eg. logfile1 redolog1 dumplog1 logfile2 lrwxrwxrwx spsy spec Jun 23 2343243 jpeg --> ~/home/s/jpegs ...
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Sorting directories by last modified date/time of the same-named contained file

Is it possible, using grep, find, etc, to sort a list of directories by the last modified date of the same-named file (e.g., file.php) within? For example: domain1/file.php (last modified 20-Jan-2014 ...
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How can I list files by class/indicator (as in ls --classify) then by name?

ls --clasify append indicator (one of */=>@|) to entries. I would like to group the entries of the same class/indicator together. I can only find ls --group-directories-first for grouping the / ...
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List of Recently Modified Files

How can I Get a list of all files modified , say 3 months ago. I checked this question but I was not able to apply it to my scenario. I am trying this now , it seems to be working , but I know there ...
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how to list only files on Unix using ls command? [duplicate]

for listing only directories in Unix i can use ls -ld */, how to list only files? problem - I have some of files and directories in a directory, i want list only files
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ls displays files copied from an external drive with a yellow background

I copied some files from an external drive and now they appear with a yellow background under my ZSH shell on OSX. I believe that its a permissions thing as the normal ones display "drwxr-xr-x" and ...
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How to turn off color with `ls`?

It is normally nice to have color output from ls, grep, etc. But when you don't want it (such as in a script where you're piping the results to another command) is there a switch that can turn it ...
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How to do ls with a wildcard and see the directory name

I have a directory called selenium_IDE if I do ls sel* I get to see directories that are in it, e.g. $ ls sel* HAPPY HAPPY_PLUS_OPTIONS SAD SAD_PLUS_OPTIONS but ...
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Who is this UID and GID? [duplicate]

When I do an ls -l on my ubuntu machine it shows the number 6226 as the UID and GID for some directories. Why? Most files and directories are owned by root, or by ubuntu (which is my usual login ...
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Enable line breaks when assigning multi line outputs to var in bash

I'm using the following very basic shell script I copied off the net to list the contents of my database backup folder and mail them regularly: MYSQLLIST=$(ls -lhG /var/backups/mysql/daily/) ...
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How to find all .zip and .rar files recursively and sort them by size [duplicate]

I am looking for all .zip and .rar files in comp_tuts folder and I am intersted in showing their file sizes and sorting them from biggest to smallest. I have tried ls -R *.zip ls: cannot access ...
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Linux - command to list files (except ls)

Imagine you were working on a system and someone accidentally deleted the ls command (/bin/ls). How could you get a list of the files in the current directory? Try it. I tried many ...
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ls command lists hidden files

When I run ls command I get files like opencv.sh~ in my output which is not visible if I check the home directory. Basically, it also lists hidden files without supplying any other parameter. How can ...
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Convert ls -l output format to chmod format

Say I have the following output from ls -l: drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 7 17:21 foo How can I automatically convert this to the format used by chmod? For example: $ echo drwxr-xr-x | ...
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Why is vdir still around?

After installing Debian 8, I started poking around /bin (as I'm always wont to do), and I noticed that ls and vdir share, not only the same manpage (except for the whatis line), but the exact same ...
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Got weird result when executing bash command “cd /usr/share/; ls *z ”

I know the meaning of * wildcard But when I use Ubuntu 14.04 and type following command: $ cd /usr/share/ $ ls *z But why the part of the result is like this:    ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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only show the source file and target linked file using `ls`

I can show the target file that a link points to using ls -l: snowch$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mvn lrwxr-xr-x 1 snowch admin 29 12 Dec 08:58 /usr/local/bin/mvn -> ../Cellar/maven/3.2.3/bin/mvn Is ...
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Listing directories and understanding ls

On ls man page, I saw this -d, --directory list directory entries instead of contents, and do not dereference symbolic links on my current folder: drwxr-xr-x 2 oracle oinstall 4.0K Jul ...
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Display full ISO time in OSF1

I am working on an HP OSF1 (Tru64) based server and need to display file listings with the full-iso time format style. Example of this in Ubuntu Linux, user@hostname:~/Desktop$ ls -lrt --full-time ...
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How to check if the shell script created a new error log file in a folder with the same shell script? [duplicate]

I am trying to check if the new file is created in the specific directory or not when I run the shell script. Here, I am creating a new file through the shell script itself and then checking whether ...
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list all files with extension .log except one

I would like to list all files with extension .log except the file backup.log. I have tried using this command: ls *.log -I "backup.log" But all the log files are listed, even backup.log! How ...
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Why is there a minor number in /dev for directories such as pts?

This is a part of /dev in CentOS 6.6. What is the meaning of the minor number for directories like ., .. , bsg, block and ... ? drwxr-xr-x. 18 root root 3800 Jul 3 06:00 . dr-xr-xr-x. 21 ...
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Meaning of chmod 1775

Created a folder "Sample_dir" and analysed its permissions. $ mkdir Sample_dir $ ll Sample_dir/ total 36 drwxrwxr-x 2 user user 4096 Jul 1 19:26 ./ drwx------ 71 user user 28672 Jul 1 19:26 ../ ...
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How to use logical OR in find?

In bash shell ls can use a logical OR functionality through (of course I could also do ls name1 name2 but my true examples are more complicated): ls @(name1|name2) Is there a way to do this using ...
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sudo ls not showing hidden files on Linux

Today I discovered that sudo ls shows hidden files (that is, those that have names starting with .) on OS X. This surprised me so much that I asked a question about this behaviour, which I still find ...
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Completely hidden directory on ACFS imported via NFS

how is this possible: [root@oda001-d0 .ACFS]# pwd /OVS/Repositories/repo1/.ACFS [root@oda001-d0 .ACFS]# ls -la .. total 148 drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Jun 23 11:45 . drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 ...
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Using regex in ls and mv

I have a directory structure like this ├── UK │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.png │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.svg │   ├── BuyBand_K.png │   ├── BuyBand_K.svg │   ├── BuyBago_UK.png │   ├── BuyBago_UK.svg │   ├── ...