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Globbing means matching files by name patterns containing wildcards.

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Bash extended globbing

I'm unable to show JUST ONE file from the output of ls using bash extended globbing. From info bash If the `extglob' shell option is enabled using the `shopt' builtin, several extended pattern ...
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Find files that end with number

Im trying to make some backup script as the log files get bigger and bigger. What i have is coping the current file, (for example secure file in /var/log/) and remove the content from that file. But ...
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Tar a list of files which don't all exist

I'm running a command from a script like tar -c -f ar.tar a b c d where b, c, and d may not exist, and may be directories. The solutions that I've come up with are piping the output of ls -d to ...
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what is the difference between `find .` and /home/user/* as an input to for command

What is the difference between find . and /home/user/* as an input to for command.? For example: for var in $(find .) do echo "$var" done or for var in /home/user/* do echo "$var" done In the ...
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How to view last 5 lines from last created/modified file?

Every day I have to take backup and update the status to support teams at particular time for which I need to check last 5 lines of last created/modified *.aff file in a directory and update them. ...
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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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keep the last file of every month and delete the rest

I have files like below. I want to keep SEP 30, OCT 30....files and delete the rest. Can you please help me with any script? -rw-r--r-- 1 nbswmcm advboprd 13463761 Sep 2 01:19 ...
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can I use logical operators to remove all files that matches with one and/or other pattern in a single line?

I want to remove .txt or .csv files in a single line. What I have in my directory tachomi$ ls file1.csv file1.sql file1.txt file2.csv file2.sql file2.txt I only want .sql files so I want to ...
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How can I programatically tell if a filename matches a shell glob pattern?

I would like to tell if a string $string would be matched by a glob pattern $pattern. $string may or may not be the name of an existing file. How can I do this? Assume the following formats for my ...
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How can I use `find` with `-pattern` and also restrict depth?

This is as far as I've gotten: find . -path \*/pages/*/index.css Which will find: ./lib/pages/home/index.css ./lib/pages/home/lib/header/index.css What I really want is to only find: ...
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Exclude one pattern from glob match

I have several files with the same base filename. I'd like to remove all but one foo.org #keep foo.tex #delete foo.fls #delete foo.bib #delete etc If I didn't need to keep one, I know I could use ...
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Specifiy Unix TimeStamp Range in Parameter

I am launching a mrjob in bash and need to pass in as parameters a range of gz files which have unix time stamps in them as: filename_9127381923.gz. How to do this in the simplest possible way? I can ...
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proper way to iterate through contents in a directory [duplicate]

I need to iterate through every file inside a directory. One common way I saw was using the for loop that begins with for file in *; do. However, I realized that it does not include hidden files ...
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How to copy with wildcard in directory name?

I would like to copy the html directory inside a directory like cms_drupal_PROJ-1-2 to /var/www. The last digit in the working directory is dynamic so at any given time all I know is ...
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Passing wildcard * to a (bash?) script [duplicate]

I want to to remove all color codes which look like '@n', '@R' etc, from a moderately large size collection of text files. So in a file called 'remove_cc', I wrote the following: sed -ie 's/@r//g' ...
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Dealing with file names with special first characters (ex. ♫)

I have recently come across a file whose name begins with the character '♫'. I wanted to copy this file, feed it into ffmpeg, and reference it in various other ways in the terminal. I usually ...
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Wildcards in exclude-filelist for duplicity

I am trying to exclude a "bulk" folder in each home directory from the backup. For this purpose, I have a line - /data/home/*/bulk in my exclude-filelist file. However, this doesn't seem to be ...
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move files of a particular pattern to another directory

In the directory /home/in I have files like this: crust.MC12345.txt crust.etcMC12345.txt crust.MC23456.txt crust.etcMC23456.txt crust.etctcMC23456.txt I only need to move crust.etcMC12345.txt ...
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Unix: What happens if I enter ls -d [2-q]*

Would it just ignore the bit after the -d option since you cant arrange characters lexically between 2 and q?
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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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du skip symbolic links

I cannot find an example of what I want to do and, from what I'm reading, the default behavior of du on my system is not the proper default behavior. If I ls my /data folder, I see (removing the ...
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Wildcard for arbitrary depth

I want to use grep where paths are arbitrary depth under the directory /path/to/dir and has the file name foo. I thought that the wildcard for arbitrary depth is **, and I tried grep some_pattern ...
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Bash script error with strings with paths that have spaces and wildcards

I am having trouble getting the basics of Bash scripting down. Here's what I have so far: #!/bin/bash FILES="/home/john/my directory/*.txt" for f in "${FILES}" do echo "${f}" done All I want to ...
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How can I get the first match from wildcard expansion?

Shells like Bash and Zsh expand wildcard into arguments, as many arguments as match the pattern: $ echo *.txt 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt But what if I only want the first match to be returned, not all the ...
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Bash: Syntax Error on @()

I have the following function in my .bashrc file: extract() { local c e i (($#)) || return for i; do c='' e=1 if [[ ! -r $i ]]; then echo "$0: file ...
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search files using group permission

If i need to search files using group permission I use the following command echo **/*(AIE) where AIE stand for read/write/execute. For owner and group permissions the qualifier used are rwx and ...
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Find files using ls and wildcards

pwd : ../bin under bin I have a directory called datafiles. Use meta characters and the ls -lL command (with lower and upper case L) to list all filenames under the datafiles directory that contain a ...
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Find doesn't want to find *.sh in certain level [duplicate]

I have a problem with find. It doesn't find *.sh files if I am in certain directory level. It does, however, find *.sql files. /path$ cd do_not_upload/updates/1.1.1/ ...
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Why does [a-z] asterisk match numbers?

I have 3 directories at current path. $ls a_0db_data a_clean_0db_data a_clean_data $ls a_*_data a_0db_data: a_clean_0db_data: a_clean_data: $ls a_[a-z]*_data a_clean_0db_data: a_clean_data: I ...
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Apply given rsync exclude patterns on given directory

I have a setup where I use rsync to mirror some source directory to a (remote) destination except for some files and locations defined witch rsync exclude patterns: # Useless files - thumbs.db - *.~ ...
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Loop in WildCard as Input of Script

I want to use my script on many files sometimes. I used this for the purpose: for etminput in $1 do #process done But this just gives the first input. How can I do the process on every ...
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bash/shell pathname expansion for mkdir, touch etc?

So doing something like this in bash and most other shells won't work to create multiple subdirectories or files within subdirectories... mkdir */test touch */hello.txt There are of course many ...
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Why asterisk in command result in for loop is expanding?

I want to write a script that will run git diff --name-status master..<BRANCH> but when I run this: for i in $(git branch | grep -v master); do echo $i; done I get echo one directory ...
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How to use " rm !(*keyword) in bash 4.1.2?

I got bash 4.1.2 on remote centos machine. When using my favorite rm !(*keyword) I got bash: !: event not found I tried to upgrade its bash, but seems the edition remains after upgrade. 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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Why is ls command slow to interrupt on NFS directory with lots of files?

I noticed in directories with lots of files on NFS if I do ls * then hit Ctrl-C it can take a while ( say 20 seconds ) before ls comes back. Why? Can ls command be fixed to be more responsive?
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Expand shell variable without globbing

I want to check whether an input string refers to a file name - not a wildcard string like *.txt. This doesn't work: if [ -f "$1" ]; Because $1 gets expanded to *.txt, which gets expanded to, say ...
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ls command - list files containg speccific string in file name and belong to specific type

I am new to linux. Is it possible for a ls command to return a list of files containing "PRO" in its file name and belong to pli file type. I have researched and identified that ls -c -lt *.PLI will ...
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Is a ? treated in a special way in parameter expansion?

I'm attempting to parse to output from git status --porcelain -b for use in my prompt but I'm coming across strange behaviour when performing parameter expansion. This snippet should demonstrate the ...
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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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Bash copy all files that don't match the given extensions

When I import pictures from my camera in Shotwell, it also imports the video clips. This is somewhat annoying, as I would like to store my videos in another folder. I've tried to write a bash command ...
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Select a range of files after sorting them

One thing I notice slower for me if I switch from using a GUI file manager to CLI is: In a GUI file manager, I can quickly select a subset of files under a dir by, first sorting them according to ...
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Move every file that is not a directory

I have a directory that I am trying to clean out that contains both files and subdirectories. What I am trying to do is simple: move all the files into another directory, but leave all the ...
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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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processing multiple extensions

I have done a script to convert recursive .jpg files to another size: echo $re mkdir "$re"_tmp for a in *.jpg ; do convert "$a" -resize $re "$re""_tmp/${a%.*} ["$re"].jpg" ; done I'd like integrate ...
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Valgrind /usr/lib files are not regular Linux files

The problem that I encountered today (on an embedded device with Linux) is that some files (specifically, the Valgrind /usr/lib files) are behaving very strange and they are not copy-able with scp ...
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rsync specific directories

Below are the directories of my directory structure. I only want to run rsync on the content under the archive directory of any subdirectory and exclude everything else: ./ ap/ ap/aploader/ ...
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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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find files without extension

Let say I have: foo.txt bar baz.ooo If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job. NOTE: ...
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find command: -or option doesn't work

I want to execute a command for an each file that matches a pattern. But the command that seems to be right, doesn't work for me, I have no idea why. $ find . -type f -name '*.c' -or -name '*.h' -or ...