Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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Bash pattern to match all files but directories

In bash, how do I specify a pattern that matches everything but subdirectories in current directory. Given that the pattern */ matches all the subdirectories, I tried (with extglob turned on): $ echo ...
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Count files in a directory by extension

For the purpose of testing, I'd like count how many images files are inside a directory, separating each image file type by file extension (jpg="yes". This because later it will be useful for another ...
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Is it possible to reference the most recently modified file in a command line argument?

I frequently download PDF files with heinous numeric file names from my browser. These automatically go into ~/Downloads. Ideally I would like to just be able to open these files with: evince "the ...
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“which” with a little “grep”-like solution?

# which mkdir /bin/mkdir # which mkdi # How can I get the path of the e.g.: mkdir's binary without knowing the name of the binary file? (command). So that which mkdi would output the /bin/mkdir ...
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How can I use a wildcard to match just files, not directories?

I have a folder called home/homeLife I have a file called home1 home2 and home3 stored in /home I want to move all files that start with home* to home/homeLife/.. I typed mv home* /home/homeLife ...
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Why does ls display a non-existing file?

I want to list all the files whose name begins with uppercase: [root@localhost /]# ls /usr/bin/[[:upper:]]* /usr/bin/AtoB /usr/bin/GenIssuerAltNameExt /usr/bin/PKCS12Export ...
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What exactly did mv /tmp/folder/* /* do to my filesystem?

It's hard to search for special characters on google, which is why I'm posting this here. I recently ran (as root) a mv /tmp/folder/* /* when I meant to run mv /tmp/folder/* ./ Big mistake! Things ...
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Why 2 linux machine behave differently with command of the same syntax?

I am using 2 machine , which is both Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 3 (Taroon Update 2) ( I check it in /etc/*-release ). I checked they are using the same default shell by ps -p $$, which is ...
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How do I run a command on multiple files

This is pretty basic, I have a folder with several subfolders of JS files and i want to run Google's Clojure compiler on all of the files in those folders. The command to process a single file is as ...
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mv on a glob pattern does not work without sudo

I am using MySQL database on Ubuntu machine. My MySQL data directory is /var/lib/mysql/ , since I have a database named "db_test" , so, I have a directory named db_test/ under /var/lib/mysql/ . And ...
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brace expansion and * expansion

Assume in the working directory, there is only one djvu file. I would like to backup the file into a file with file name having extra .bk at the end. cp *.djvu{,.bk} copies the djvu file into a file ...
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How do I select files in a bash script that do not have an extension?

Let's say I have files xinitrc, alphabetsoup, ieat.pie in the current directory. Need a bash script to select only xinitrc and alphabetsoup.
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How do I let bash autocomplete wildcards?

If I have directory containing the files foo.bar.a.cat foo.bar.a.hat and I type ls f+TAB the bash shell autocompletes to ls foo.bar.a.. If I type ls *bar*+ TAB I would like it to autocomplete to ...
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checking an argument to a bash script is a string of all digits

The Bash FAQ says If you're validating a simple "string of digits", you can do it with a glob: # Bash if [[ $foo = *[!0-9]* ]]; then echo "'$foo' has a non-digit somewhere in it" else echo ...
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for loop in bash function

I recently wrote the following bash function: makeaudiobook () { count=1 almbumartist=$2 for f in $1; do preprocess $f > $f-preprocessed text2wave $f-preprocessed -o $f.wav ...
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Get the complement of the result of an ls command

Let's say I have a directory with multiple files, all of which are either binary files (files with no declared extensions) and source files (.c extension). I do this: $ ls and get: README.md ...
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How to pipe to multiple places with vertical bar?

I have a folder full of files with a .dot extension like this: a.dot b.dot c.dot I want to go through all the files in this folder and run a command on them such as this: dot -Tpdf a.dot -o a.pdf ...
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How/why does this globbing expression work?

In one of my bash scripts I needed to obtain the last part of a colon delimited string. For example I needed to grab the numeric 289283 value from the following value: OK: DriveC-ReadBytesPerSec: ...
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confusing about double quoting

I learned when I use command, double quoting treat all things as character except $, `, \ . But, when use command like find -type f -name "*.jpg" *.jpg is inside double quotes. Then, it means we want ...
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How to match * with hidden files inside a directory

How to match the hidden files inside the given directories for example If I give the below command it's not giving the result of the hidden files, du -b maybehere*/* how to achieve this ...
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Find files without a number

I am trying to write a simple script that will iterate through all drives except sda. Right now I have this for i in $(find /dev/ -name "sd*" ! -name "sda*") do echo $i done However this ...
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file $(ls /usr/bin/* | grep zip) command gives me errors. What's wrong?

I'm a total noob when it comes to unix/linux commands and I decided to read a book. I've reached a chapter where they try to explain how to pass the output of commands as expansions to the shell. ...
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Difference between find ~ and find *

What is the difference between find * and find ~ for searching a file? In terminal when my present working directory on root,then in terminal root@devils-ey3:~# find * -print -quit ~ On same ...
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Can I use variables inside {} expansion without `eval`?

Can I use variables inside {} expansion without appealing to eval? If so, how? This doesn't work: $ touch 1.foo 1.bar $ ls 1.{foo,bar} 1.bar 1.foo $ extensions=foo,bar $ ls 1.{$extensions} ls: ...
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Searching file in a directory through bash script

I have written the following code to search all the file names in the current working directory that contain the letter 'f'. for i in * do echo $i if [ $i = "*f*" ] then echo "no" else ...
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Why does grep treat '[D]ebug' string differently?

I've created simple text file named "T" to test the unusual behavior of grep: 1 Debug 2 debug 3 determined 4 Determined Tried different syntax: $ grep De T 1 Debug ...
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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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Script to loop through folders with numeric names

I am working on a bash script to compress the images in my Wordpress folders. The wordpress folder structure is as follows: > wp-content/uploads/2014/01/filename.jpg > ...
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Deduplicating Bash Brace Expansions

Brace expansions can produce multiple instances of file names if there is an overlap in the matches. A simple example: mkdir testdir; cd testdir touch abcd for f in *{b,c}*; do something_to "$f"; ...
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Expand wild cards in command before executing it

Suppose I want to type something like this: rm build/* tmp/* I am about to run it but I want to expand the wildcards before executing so I can verify what is about to happen. How can I do this? ...
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Meaning of “[--0]” in a glob pattern

I am a Linux/Unix newbie. I was reading about "Glob" and "Globbing Pathnames", and I found this strange (to me) part in man pages: "[--0]" matches the three characters '-', '.', '0', since '/' ...
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What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits

What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits? Using ls with a command like this : ls -l | wc –l *[0-9][0-9]
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What is the tool that allows me to specify arbitrary directories using **

I once saw a colleague uses a tool which allows to use ** to represent any directories. For example: if a file called myfile.java sits deep inside: src/main/com/mycompany/product/store/myfile.java ...
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Move unique files from a folder with duplicates files

Well to put it simply, I have duplicate files in a folder, with this form: file.ext file(1).ext file(2).ext file(3).ext otherfile.ext otherfile(1).ext otherfile(2).ext ... I want to move only ...
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Parameter expansion in variable assigned with a wildcard

I have two files in my current folder (MA502) whose names are - MA502_TAAGGCGA-TCGCAGG_L001_R1_001.at.fastq MA502_TAAGGCGA-TCGCAGG_L001_R2_001.at.fastq I have many such folders - ex MA503, MA504 ...
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Filename Expansion: Find Utility Pattern Matching vs Bash Shell Pattern Matching

For filename expansion, the 'find' utility's '-name' option seems to function similarly, but not exactly the same as the bash shell's builtin pattern matching. Here are the relevant sections of the ...
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Disable glob qualifiers in zsh

Is there a way to disable glob qualifiers with zsh? It seems like a useful feature, but it gets in the way of normal parentheses. I use ag to search files, and ag mymethod(param) causes zsh to ...
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lftp exclude syntax confusion

I am confused with the syntax description given for lftp from their website: -x RX, --exclude=RX exclude matching files -X GP, --exclude-glob=GP exclude matching files How ...
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Delete matching file from every subfolder of current dir

I used this one to copy file in every dir: find -type d -maxdepth 1 -print0 | xargs -0 -n1 cp .htaccess Now i need to do reverse one and delete file with matching name from every sub directory of ...
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How to show only total file size of particular extension by `du` command

I have a hundreds of pdf files and html files in a directory. And I want to know total size of pdf files. By command du -ch /var/foo I can see total file size but I only need last line, the total ...
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Use rsync to just get a folder and its content with a pattern

I've looked all around the internet, looked in regexp sites and everything else, but I'm unable to write a rsync command to fetch what I want to. I need to mirror the FreeBSD release, but I don't ...
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Why should 'Character Classes' be preferred over 'Character Ranges' In Shell (Bash)?

The Linux Command Line (Book - page count 47) says: ... you have to be very careful with them [character ranges] because they will not produce the expected results unless properly configured. For ...
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Get the number of files that match a pattern in a directory and delete the oldest one

I'd like to do the following: Get the number of files in a given directory that match a given pattern, for example: ExtractBackup_{date}.tar.gz If that number is 2 or higher, delete the oldest file ...
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Force Bash 4 'globstar' option to ignore symlinks

Bash 4 has a fantastic option called 'globstar' that emulates (i.e. was stolen from) zsh's ** syntax for globbing across multiple directories. However, it's somewhat crippled (for my usage, at least) ...
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What is the sort order when using conditional operators?

I wrote a bash script that processes a list of filenames (using glob expansion, as in for f in *) and then outputs a subset of this list to a file. Subsequently I read the content of this file into an ...
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Unix Command to return all files that end with single digit and TXT extension

Which command returns all files that end with a single digit and have the TXT extension ?
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Copying files with multiple extensions

I would like to copy files with multiple extensions to a single destination directory. For example, I can use the following command to copy all .txt files in the working directory to a directory ...
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Make many subdirectories at once

Suppose I have a directory /, and it contains many directories /mydir, /hisdir, /herdir, and each of those need to have a similar structure. For each directory in /, there needs to be a directory doc ...
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Fastest way to open all files in a directory with multiple file extensions on commandline

If I want to open all mp4 files in a directory, I can simply do something like totem *.mp4. But how can I open all mp4 and all flv files in that directory with one command. I.e. I want to do something ...
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How to escape shell metacharacters automatically with `find` command?

I've got a bunch of XML files under a directory tree which I would like to move to corresponding folders with the same name within that same directory tree. Here is sample structure (in shell): ...