The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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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 ...
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How to list all files *.html bigger than {size} excluding some {*parts*}

I need a command to list files. But I have three problems: I want files ending with .HTML and .HTM If any file has parts like: google docs or form in the name, I want to exclude it. I want just ...
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Fix LS Colors for directories with 777 permission? [duplicate]

When I run ls on a folder with directories that have a 777 permission, the ls colors are purple text with a green background, which is unreadable: What can I do to make this more pleasant to look ...
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Basic commands in Unix not working i.e: -bash: ls: No such file or directory

I'm new to Unix and in the process of installing a program for my dissertation I must have played with the PATH for the basic Unix commands such as ls. Every time I type ls and the directory name I ...
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How to make ls warning me about parent directory is symlink

I just found a scenario which i (or someone new to linux) might accidentally rm file because user thought it's duplicated file. Let's say i have this two binary files: [xiaobai@xiaobai note]$ ls ...
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How to remove all but last 10 files [duplicate]

I accumulate sequentially named files as the result of an automated process, and I would like to keep only the last 10 around. I tried this, which had the effect of deleting everything: ls -r | more ...
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How do I get the total size of everything in a directory in one line? [duplicate]

I know I can use du -h to output the total size of a directory. But when it contains other subdirectories, the output would be something like: du -h /root/test . . . . 24K /root/test/1 64K ...
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The result of ls * , ls ** and ls ***

I know using the command ls will list all the directories. But what does the ls * command do ? I used it and it just lists the directories. Is the star in front of ls means how deep it can list the ...
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Why do these two find-commands give different results?

I wanted to see all files modified within the last 10 days and who owned them, so I entered the following to give me an idea how many results would be returned; find . -maxdepth 1 -mtime -10 I then ...
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How to change the output color of the ls command in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been asked in: How to colorize output of ls ? although I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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Look if a folder has some files with certain extensions

Suppose I have a file structure: $ cd /home/Desktop $ ls -d */ Abc/ Qwe/ Zxc/ Rty/ $ Now I want to iterate through every directory and see if they have any ".pdf" files. Could some one please ...
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OS X: Can `ls` show broken symlinks?

When in Linux, I enjoy having \ls -l --color=auto show broken symlinks with red text for the name of the symlink and blinking text for the missing linkee. But in OS X, \ls -lG (the closest thing I ...
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What does “ls --dired - l” or “ls -D -l” actually print?

ls --dired -l prints all dir and files along with some number followed by //DIRED// ***66 69 122 131 ....*** //DIRED-OPTIONS// --quoting-style=literal What do these numbers in bold mean? --dired ...
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How to list files named like XXXmmyy.dat in natural chronological order?

I use a Mac OS X (V10.9.5) and work in the X11 window, and I often need to deal with thousands of files named like XXXmmyy.dat, where XXX is a 3-letter acronym of a place, mm is the 2-digit month, and ...
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Only color files according to file types? [duplicate]

When using ls to list files in a directory, the files are colored according to their access permissions. Is it possible to color the files only according to their file types (e.g. a regular file, a ...
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ls -l without file permissions

How can I use ls while using -l (long listing) without showing the file permissions? Right now I have the following alias for ls: alias ls='ls -lhaG --color=auto' I have found a solution close to ...
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What causes this green background in ls output?

There are two directories shown by 'ls'. Normally directories anywhere are blue on black background. But the first one is blue on green and impossible to read. Why is this? How to make it blue ...
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Changing colors used by `ls` does not work in Emacs “Shell” mode

I followed http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/94508/674 to change the colors used by ls. This works in bash. When I open a buffer of "Shell" mode in Emacs (M-x shell), the change doesn't work. I wonder ...
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List files that match a pattern but ignore files that match another pattern?

Let's say I have a directory with files a1, a2, a3, b1, b2, b3. I only want to match files that start with a but don't contain 3. I tried ls -I "*3" *a* but it returns a1 a2 a3, even though I don't ...
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List files larger than {size} sorted by date

I want to solve the problem 'list the top 10 most recent files in the current directory over 20MB'. With ls I can do: ls -Shal |head to get top 10 largest files, and: ls -halt |head to get top ...
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Why does “ls -all” show year or time?

If you issue ls -all command some files or directories have the year and some have the time? Why do some show the year while others show the time? Is the time representative of the time the file was ...
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Understanding UNIX permissions and their attributes

I've never really got how chmod worked up until today. I followed a tutorial that explained a big deal to me. For example, I've read that you've got three different permission groups: owner (u) ...
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Is there a way to list files before mounting a disk partition

Suppose there are several partitions in my computer. I'm not sure where is the folder I have to access. Usually what I do is mount all the partitions first and then search one by one. Is there a way ...
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List only the count of all files/directories for the directory tree of present directory

I want to list the number of directories under each subdirectory tree of the present directory. As there are too many directories, I can't go into individual directories and check. I would like to ...
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LS_COLORS mixing matching criteria, e.g. file extension and hardlink

I'm wondering if there is a way to keep the characteristic color of the extension type in ls --color=auto as well as underlining the file if it is a hard link. For instance, if I do ...
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get list of files which are unique

I have a directory in which files are created as abc.sh.ID.datetimestamp.id.log In the filename abc.sh, the ID is always the same (there are 1000's of .sh's and ID's combination in the environment). ...
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Finding a file which has “info” in its title

By using the ls command I can list the names of all the files in the directory I am working with. However, how do I list all of the files in the directory which have contained in their title info? So ...
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Why size reporting for directories is different than other files?

I was wondering why an empty directory occupied 4096 bytes of space and I have seen this question. It is stated that space is allocated in blocks and hence, the size of a new directory is 4096 bytes. ...
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ZSH: `ls *(.)` lists regular files only but `ls *(/)` does not list directories only

I'm not sure I am using ZSH's globbing correctly, but I thought ls *(/) would just list the dirctories under pwd, but it doesn't, it recursively lists all files under every directory under pwd (I got ...
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ls and vim color on SunOS 5.8/Solaris 8

I want to use ls and vim with color on Sunos 5.8 SunOS 5.8 Generic_117350-11 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-2500 I have installed ls (GNU coreutils) 6.9 and vim 7.2 In ~/.cshrc: setenv TERM sun-color ...
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Cannot see files present on server when connecting via Filezilla / SFTP

I am not able to see the files present on the server using Filezilla ftp client. I am using SFTP connection. I am able to connect to the server. I can see only the directories but not the files. ...
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How can you group symlinks with directories in `ls` output but tell the difference?

In ls output, I'd like to group symlinks that point to directories along with the rest of the directories, but still have a way of telling that it's a symlink either with color or an appended symbol. ...
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Script that list file names by first letter bash type [closed]

I need a script that takes input from the user which specifies the first letter of the file names to be displayed, so that only file names starting with the letter specified are listed. I only need to ...
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List all files that end in “ball” using ls command [closed]

I am trying to use ls command to find specific files that Have 4 letters in front of the word "ball" Must have the ending word "ball" I have been trying to use ls *ball but this shows words with 4 ...
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How to extend the ls command by a custom column

I wonder if it is possible to modify the ls -l command by a custom column. For example, I would like this column to contain for each file, say, the first line of $(CustomCommand FILE).
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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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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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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 ...