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Terminal - Commands tagged ls - 98 results
ls | grep -vi pattern
ls -d .*
echo .*
printf "%s\n" .*
for f in $(ls *.xml.skippy); do mv $f `echo $f | sed 's|.skippy||'`; done
2009-11-19 21:36:26
User: argherna
Functions: ls mv sed
Tags: sed ls mv for

For this example, all files in the current directory that end in '.xml.skippy' will have the '.skippy' removed from their names.

function lsless() { ls "$@" | less; }
2009-11-13 17:28:06
User: argherna
Functions: ls
Tags: less ls function

This is useful for paging through long directories, mulitple directories, etc. I put this in my ~/.bash_aliases file and alias 'lsl' to it.

ls -a | egrep "^\.\w"
2009-11-11 18:19:56
User: kulor
Functions: egrep ls
Tags: egrep ls dotfiles

trying to copy all your dotfiles from one location to another, this may help

(printf "PERMISSIONS LINKS OWNER GROUP SIZE MONTH DAY HH:MM PROG-NAME\n" \ ; ls -l | sed 1d) | column -t
ls -lt|grep ^-|awk 'NR>5 { print $8 }'|xargs -r rm
ls -t | tail +6 | xargs rm
ls -t | awk 'NR>5 {system("rm \"" $0 "\"")}'
2009-09-16 04:58:08
User: haivu
Functions: awk ls
Tags: awk ls

I have a directory containing log files. This command delete all but the 5 latest logs. Here is how it works:

* The ls -t command list all files with the latest ones at the top

* The awk's expression means: for those lines greater than 5, delete.

find . -type f -printf '%20s %p\n' | sort -n | cut -b22- | tr '\n' '\000' | xargs -0 ls -laSr
2009-08-13 13:13:33
User: fsilveira
Functions: cut find ls sort tr xargs
Tags: sort find ls

This command will find the biggest files recursively under a certain directory, no matter if they are too many. If you try the regular commands ("find -type f -exec ls -laSr {} +" or "find -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -laSr") the sorting won't be correct because of command line arguments limit.

This command won't use command line arguments to sort the files and will display the sorted list correctly.

perl -e 'if(opendir D,"."){@a=readdir D;print $#a-1,"\n"}'
2009-07-23 20:14:33
User: recursiverse
Functions: perl
Tags: perl ls
time perl -e 'if(opendir D,"."){@a=readdir D;print $#a - 1,"\n"}'


real 0m0.497s

user 0m0.220s

sys 0m0.268s

time { ls |wc -l; }


real 0m3.776s

user 0m3.340s

sys 0m0.424s


** EDIT: turns out this perl liner is mostly masturbation. this is slightly faster:

find . -maxdepth 1 | wc -l

sh-3.2$ time { find . -maxdepth 1|wc -l; }


real 0m0.456s

user 0m0.116s

sys 0m0.328s

** EDIT: now a slightly faster perl version

perl -e 'if(opendir D,"."){++$c foreach readdir D}print $c-1,"\n"'

sh-3.2$ time perl -e 'if(opendir D,"."){++$c foreach readdir D}print $c-1,"\n"'


real 0m0.415s

user 0m0.176s

sys 0m0.232s

7z x -so testfile.tar.7z | tar tvf -
2009-07-15 21:00:58
User: slashdot
Functions: tar

Sometimes it is handy to be able to list contents of a tar file within a compressed archive, such as 7Zip in this instance, without having to extract the archive first. This is especially helpful when dealing with larger sized files.

ls -1t | head -n10
2009-06-23 12:15:12
User: wires
Functions: head ls
Tags: ls

order the files by modification (thanks stanishjohnd) time, one file per output line and filter first 10

cp `ls -x1tr *.jpg | tail -n 1` newest.jpg
2009-06-17 20:32:04
User: Psychodad
Functions: cp tail

search the newest *.jpg in the directory an make a copy to newest.jpg. Just change the extension to search other files. This is usefull eg. if your webcam saves all pictures in a folder and you like the put the last one on your homepage. This works even in a directory with 10000 pictures.

export LSCOLORS=gxfxcxdxbxegedabagacad
2009-05-04 04:07:36
User: haivu
Functions: export
Tags: bash ls osx

I use terminal with black background on the Mac. Unfortunately, the default ls color for the directory is blue, which is very hard to see. By including the line above in my ~/.bash_profile file, I changed the directory's color to cyan, which is easer to see. For more information on the syntax of the LSCOLORS shell variable:

man ls

I tested this command on Mac OS X Leopard

p=$(netstat -nate 2>/dev/null | awk '/LISTEN/ {gsub (/.*:/, "", $4); if ($4 == "4444") {print $8}}'); for i in $(ls /proc/|grep "^[1-9]"); do [[ $(ls -l /proc/$i/fd/|grep socket|sed -e 's|.*\[\(.*\)\]|\1|'|grep $p) ]] && cat /proc/$i/cmdline && echo; done
2009-04-30 12:39:48
User: j0rn
Functions: awk cat grep ls netstat sed

Ok so it's rellay useless line and I sorry for that, furthermore that's nothing optimized at all...

At the beginning I didn't managed by using netstat -p to print out which process was handling that open port 4444, I realize at the end I was not root and security restrictions applied ;p

It's nevertheless a (good ?) way to see how ps(tree) works, as it acts exactly the same way by reading in /proc

So for a specific port, this line returns the calling command line of every thread that handle the associated socket

echo *
2009-04-17 21:40:58
User: kFiddle
Functions: echo
Tags: echo ls

Sometimes "ls" is just too slow, especially if you're having problems with terminal scroll speed, or if you're a speed freak. In these situations, do an echo * in the current directory to immediately see the directory listing. Do an echo * | tr ' ' '\n' if you want a column. Do an alias ls='echo *' if you want to achieve higher echelons of speed and wonder. Note that echo * is also useful on systems that are so low in memory that "ls" itself is failing - perhaps due to a memory leak that you're trying to debug.

alias lg='ls --color=always | grep --color=always -i'
2009-04-11 23:15:12
User: kFiddle
Functions: alias grep
Tags: ls alias color grep

This is a simple command, but extremely useful. It's a quick way to search the file names in the current directory for a substring. Normally people use "ls *term*" but that requires the stars and is not case insensitive. Color (for both ls and grep) is an added bonus.

ls -l | grep ^l
2009-04-02 17:47:36
User: haivu
Functions: grep ls
Tags: ls

Shows all linked file and destinations. The 'ls -l' command lists the files in long (1 file per line) format, and the grep command displays only those lines that starts with an l (lower case L) -- a linked file.

Updated: Remove reference to hard links because this command does not apply to hard link as others kindly pointed out.

eval "`dircolors -b`"
2009-03-27 05:37:04
User: isaacs
Functions: eval
Tags: ls

If you put this in your .bashrc, you might also want to add this to make it use the colors by default:

alias ls="ls --color=auto"
alias lh='ls -a | egrep "^\."'