I have several files in a directory like:


To run another code, I need to have a text file with the names of the files but I need to split in 50 files per text file, like: File1.txt :


File2.txt :


any idea?? I was trying like:

ls -1 | xargs -n 50 >> File1.txt

but I don't know who to select each "item" in the xargs command. Thanks!!

2 Answers 2

ls -1 | split --lines=10

puts the files in the same directory. This can be avoided by

ls -1 | (cd /where/ever; split --lines=10)

or for a different file name:

ls -1 | split --lines=10 /dev/stdin /path/to/splitfile.
  • THANKS!!! and how can I change the name of the text files?
    – Alejandro
    Apr 4, 2014 at 22:45
  • @Alejandro I added that but that information was already in Graeme's answer. Apr 4, 2014 at 23:12

Try this (uses GNU split which is default on most Linux distros):

ls |
  sed "s:^:$(pwd)/:" |
  split -dl 50 --additional-suffix=.txt - /path/to/dest/File
  • I got this error: split: unrecognized option `--additional-suffix=.txt'
    – Alejandro
    Apr 4, 2014 at 22:53
  • @Alejandro If it is not supported, just remove that option. The effect will just be that the files don't have the .txt extension.
    – Graeme
    Apr 4, 2014 at 22:55
  • The -d may not be supported on some systems also, this gives numbered files instead of aa, ab, etc. The rest is POSIX though.
    – Graeme
    Apr 4, 2014 at 22:57

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