When I perform an ls command in my aws ec2 server, I am getting the correct list of files which I need, but for some reason the user@ip:directory/folder is showing on the last line of my results? Is there any way to remove this?

I am parsing some dates from a list of files to process later, but this user@ip:directory/folder is showing up in the list and causing issues.

Example: My directory is documents/files within files there are


I run the command aws s3 ls documents/files

and the result is


Is there any way to remove user@ip:documents/files from my list of results?


You can use this :

aws ec2 ls | sed 's@.*:.*/.*@@'

or if it's STDERR:

aws ec2 ls 2> >(grep -v'*:.*/.*')
  • Thanks @Gilles but it didn't work, i got the same output – user386338 Dec 14 '19 at 17:11
  • Can you try the 2nth solution from my edited post ? – Gilles Quenot Dec 14 '19 at 17:19
  • Tried it and still the output returns this line at the end: user@ip-##-###-##-###:/home/user/dir1/dir2... I'm not sure if this is because its aws ec2 default or what... – user386338 Dec 14 '19 at 17:27
  • Maybe an alternative would be to grep from the ls output the list of dates i need? Do you know how I may do that? – user386338 Dec 14 '19 at 17:34

You can ignore it with aws s3 ls documents/files | head -n -1, which will return all but the last line of the results. From the head man page:

head [OPTION]... [FILE]...

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

-n, --lines=[-]K

print the first K lines instead of the first 10; with the leading '-', print all but the last K lines of each file

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