Saying, I have this tree and I want to execute ruby on all scripts within the folder. How could I archive through one line of command.


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Something along the lines (depending on your shell) of

for file in rb-script/*.rb; do ruby "$file"; done

should do the trick; alternatively (and shell-independently, I think)

find rb-script -type f -exec ruby "{}" \;

using find; where you can, depending on your situation, be more specific, à la

find rb-script -maxdepth 1 -type f -name '*.rb' -exec ruby "{}" \;

In general, command <glob-pattern> would also work if command accepts several files (and there are less files than the commandline argument maximum of your shell), but I doubt ruby does that. (You could write a wrapper script such that ruby-wrapper rb-script/*.rb would do what you want, though.)

  • Thanks. Good tips for using ; to execute multiple commands.
    – steveyang
    Mar 10, 2012 at 11:11
  • The for file in works like a charm! Is there a way to make the loop run on these files sorted by name? May 13, 2020 at 13:47

If this will be part of a daemon, you could use the run-parts command to execute everything in the folder in alphabetical order. This command is especially useful if you need to execute it in reverse order for shutdown.

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