The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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Find files whose name is 4 characters long [duplicate]

I would like to find files whose name has only 4 characters. Example, there are three files under /tmp: $ ls /tmp txt file linux Output should only show file because it only has 4 characters.
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ls or find option to exclude binary files

How can I list only files that aren't compiled code in the current directory? I'm reviewing the custom scripts and code on several HPUX and Linux servers before transferring them to a newer system. ...
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How to create a bash script that sees all files in a directory and tells me their size and date of creation?

I'm a beginner in the field of programing/coding. I'm trying to write a simple bash script that will see all files in a directory, and then tell me each file's size and each of their dates of creation....
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Get Comma Delimited List of Initials of Items in Directory?

How can I generate a comma-delimited, case-insensitive list of the first characters of the names of the files and directories in a directory, excluding initial "." items, without duplicates? I don't ...
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What does this ls command do? [duplicate]

what does this command do if it was executed in my current working directory that has files in it? ls 2> result I think whatever ls writes will be redirected to the result file? Is that correct and ...
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ls -e option not available in linux

I have shell scripts that run on Solaris UNIX that use the -e option on ls to ensure the same format for all files regardless of their age. This option is not available on Linux. The exact same ...
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list files in ascending order

I am trying to display file names(with complete path) based on the created timestamp in ascending order. if files exists: display files with complete directory path in asc order. if files do not ...
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User cannot see directory permissions

I'm working in Ubuntu 3.13. The permissions on a drive are such that the owner can see directories and files with these permissions: drwxrwxr-x 2 michael atlas 4096 Feb 15 12:34 temp2 drwxrwxr-...
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Why does my “ls -a-l /home” not work?

Marias-MacBook-Air:~ mariasharapova$ ls -a /home . .. Marias-MacBook-Air:~ mariasharapova$ ls -a-1 /home ls: illegal option -- - usage: ls [-ABCFGHLOPRSTUWabcdefghiklmnopqrstuwx1] [file ...] ...
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change file size format when using stat

The formatting character %s makes stat print the filesize in bytes # stat -c'%A %h %U %G %s %n' /bin/foo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 45112 /bin/foo ls can be configured to print the byte size number ...
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'+' and 's' in permission strings

If the ls -l command gives me a permission string like rwsr-s--x What does the 's' mean? The only sources I found mention that it can be present sometimes but do not elaborate. What does a '+' ...
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How can I assign the output of a command to a shell variable?

I want to assign the result of an expression to a variable and concatenate it with a string, then echo it. Here's what I've got: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop; thefile= ls -t -U | grep -m 1 "Screen Shot"; ...
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see newest release last (YML release files with the same timestamp from Git)

I pull from Git *yml files with "$packagename-$release.yml". The highest number is the most recent release. I wish to have the listening with latest release last. Correct sort order "$packagename-$...
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What's the -alhF flag in ls?

What is the -alhF flag in ls? I can't find it in the man page.
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Concat 1000 files within a directory [closed]

I know we can concat files by cat file [file] [[file] ...] > joined-file. I have directory which contains lots of files. I want to concat all of them. I want to concat 1000 files irrespective of ...
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List files sorted numerically

I have a bunch of files from log1 to log164. I'm trying to LIST the directory (sorted) in a UNIX terminal but the sort functions are only providing the format like this: home:logs Home$ ls -1 | sort ...
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How to show only the last k columns in ls -l?

I like to restrict the columns shown in ls -l command, by eliminating the first 4 columns. ls -lh shows: drwxr-sr-x 20 gamma alpha 4.0K May 22 13:18 Desktop drwxr-sr-x 3 gamma alpha 22 Oct 6 ...
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LS_COLORS for 256-color terminal

I thought ls colors are defined as <file_type>=[<bg(40-47)>];<font_spec(0:5)>;<font_color(30-37)> but, I recently found this where there are more colors and colors are ...
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Screen bind key requires extra Enter (RET) key

I was playing around with GNU Screen's configuration and put the following configuration in ~/.screenrc: bind l eval 'exec ls' So, now when I type C-a l, it runs ls under the current directory. ...
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Find directories that do not contain subdirectories

I'm writing script is ksh. Need to find all directory names directly under the current directory which contain only files, not subdirectories. I know that I could use ls -alR and recursively parse ...
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Assigning ls output to a variable gives unexpected behavior

I was writing a script to clean a text file from a directory (I know,it's a bad idea but I really need it) and I wrote this: #!/bin/bash var=$(ls -p /direcotry/to/file | grep -v /) truncate -s 0 $var ...
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How to understand the security context in “ls -Z”?

After referring "man ls", it shows "ls -Z" can display the security context: -Z, --context Display security context so it fits on most displays. Displays only mode, user, group, security ...
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How do I get a list of all directories and files with absolute paths each line ?

Using ls -R / i get every file and directory listed that exists, but not in the desired format. What do I need to write on the command line in order to get a list in such a format, that every line ...
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Solaris: How to run a system command on top of awk and combine all output in a single line

Have this peculiar requirement to print files in a given directory in the below mentioned format filename1 <type of file> owner group filename2 <type of file> owner ...
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`ls / | wc -l` tells more lines than `ls /` shows [duplicate]

ls / outputs two lines. $ ls / bin cdrom etc initrd.img lib lost+found mnt proc run share sys usr vmlinuz boot dev home initrd.img.old lib64 media opt root sbin ...
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Efficient search of unique owners of files and directories

I would like to view the unique owners of all the files and directories underneath a certain directory. I have tried: ls -ltR <dir-path> | grep -P '^[d|\-]' | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq ...
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Advice with How to Return the # of Files found within a folder [duplicate]

Create a script to ask a user for the name of a folder and have the script return the number of files found within the folder. If folder doesn't exist, display error message to the screen I've gotten ...
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find and list -R returning different number of files

I'm trying to create an array variable with a list of files to use in a small script, needing the full path to the file. Looking around I tried something like this: find /path/ -t f | grep ...
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Difference between 'ls -ltr abc*' and 'find ./ -name abc*' command? [duplicate]

To search a file in a directory, I found two commands as below: ls -ltr initialfilename* find ./ -name initialfilename* Sometime, first command gives me the search result but sometime I used to ...
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What defines “ll” in Fedora?

In Fedora, instead of typing ls -l, you can type ll. What causes this behavior? I've installed a new Debian system that does not appear to have this functionality. They're both running Bash. I can ...
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Foreach loop for ls output

I am trying to process some files in directory using foreach loop for ls output: IFS=$'\n' for i in $(ls -1Atu); do echo "$i" done At first time i thought it works, but when i created file ...
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Exclude one directory in `ls` matching pattern

I'm trying to ls dirs that have .png files inside (no need for recursiveness, though it would be extra useful), exept one. Exlude one directory i.e. ls */*.png works fine. ls (^one)*/*.png ...
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ls pattern matching

I know that [] is working in ls pattern matching: $ ls foo.c foo.h $ ls foo.[ch] foo.c foo.h but I cannot find where this is documented. I would like to know the syntax that would match these: $...
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How to ls using the long format (-l) while still following directory symlinks?

I've noticed that ls -l doesn't only change the formatting of the output, but also how directory symlinks are handled: > ls /rmn biweekly.sh daily.sh logs ... > ls -l /rmn lrwxrwxrwx 1 root ...
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Is there any option with 'ls' command that I see only the directories?

Sometimes, I need to check only the directories not files. Is there any option with the command ls? Or is there any utility for doing that? EDIT: I'm using Mac OS X, and ls -d gives me . even though ...
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How to output only file names (with spaces) in ls -Al?

I should echo only names of files or directories with this construction: ls -Al | while read string do ... done ls -Al output : drwxr-xr-x 12 s162103 studs 12 march 28 12:49 personal ...
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How do I copy the latest file from one directory to another?

I have 3 zip files in a directory. I want to copy the most recent version to a backup directory. My code works fine for .sh and other files, but not for .zip. Is there something else I have to do? ...
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Tail -f the most recent log file

In a few spots I got this to work ls -rt /path/to/log/file/ | tail -1 | xargs tail -f But I can't figure out why it won't always work (This is quick fix until I get the log rolling fixed here)
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Linux Bash Scripting Issue with Wildcard

I'm having issues with what I imagine should be a simple bash command I'm basically just trying to loop through a bunch of files and get there names `ls ./*.sql` # list all files ...
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How to distinguish between output of numerous similar commands

Say I am issuing ls -la in a directory that has hundreds if not thousands of files, then changing to another directions and issuing ls -la. I then need to scroll up to see what files are in the most ...
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Get the latest directory (not the latest file)

My folder parent has the following content: A.Folder B.Folder C.File It has both folders and files inside. B.Folder is newer. Now I just want to get B.Folder, how could I achieve this? I tried this,...
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How to list only the last line of each directory?

I learned thanks to you, how to display only the last line of a listing,e.g. ls -ltr | sed '$!d' Now I thought, how to combine it with the find command, in order to repeat this onto each directory ...
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Why are files and directories colored in different ways? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu 14.04, in bash under gnome terminal, Why are files especially directories colored in different ways? The green colors hide the text to me (How about to you?). Is it done by terminal or ...
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How to display only the last line of a listing ?

Supposed I make a listing and sort the files by its temporal attribute: ls -ltr -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:10 foo1 -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:12 foo2 . . . -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla ...
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du and ls commands reporting wrong directory size

I'm used to the du command. I often use it with -h option. I report the result in a text file which I use to track space consumers. But I was wondered today to see a directory being reported as using ...
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How to list files on terminal so that we can see the file types such executable, ascii etc?

I have been trying to list files in directory using ls and passing it different options. Does it have the ability to list types of files as well ? I want to know which ones are executable , ...
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Failed to list directory contents: process waits infinitely

I use Linux Mint 13, and sometimes (rarely) I find myself not being able to list my home directory contents. When I try to do so: $ cd $ ls then, ls just waits indefinitely. The same with any other ...
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What does the @ symbol mean on filenames [duplicate]

When I do an ls in the /proc/PID directory a number of @ symbols show up next to the file names. Normally I would consider this to mean extended attributes but when I do the long form of ls they do ...
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Question marks instead of national letters in console

I have Netgear Stora MS2000 (which uses a modified version of Red Hat) and have strange font issues while connecting by SSH. Note that this occurs both when connecting by PuTTY from Windows and by ...
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Solaris 11.2 extended permissions shown by ls

I have a file that shows up as having extended file permissions. ls -V /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver rwx------ 1 root root 53 Dec 2 21:52 /usr/share/X11/appdefaults/...