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Terminal - Commands using ls - 467 results
ls -l | sed "$(while (( ++i < 5 )); do echo "N;"; done) a -- COMMIT --"
2010-03-17 20:12:05
User: glaudiston
Functions: ls sed

specially usefull for sql scripts with insert / update statements, to add a commit command after n statements executed.

( last ; ls -t /var/log/wtmp-2* | while read line ; do ( rm /tmp/wtmp-junk ; zcat $line 2>/dev/null || bzcat $line ) > /tmp/junk-wtmp ; last -f /tmp/junk-wtmp ; done ) | less
2010-03-16 04:17:16
Functions: last ls read rm zcat

When your wtmp files are being logrotated, here's an easy way to unpack them all on the fly to see more than a week in the past. The rm is the primitive way to prevent symlink prediction attack.

ls -R .
ls -d */* | sed -e 's/^/\"/g' -e 's/$/\"/g' | xargs mv -t $(pwd)
2010-03-01 23:43:26
User: leovailati
Functions: ls mv sed xargs

You WILL have problems if the files have the same name.

Use cases: consolidate music library and unify photos (especially if your camera separates images by dates).

After running the command and verifying if there was no name issues, you can use

ls -d */ | sed -e 's/^/\"/g' -e 's/$/\"/g' | xargs rm -r

to remove now empty subdirectories.

ls -1 /lib/modules
2010-03-01 06:30:12
Functions: ls

no need for rpm, no need for piping to another command. also no real fu but lacking in unnecessary complexity and distro specific commands.

lsli() { ls -l --color "$@" | awk '{ for(i=9;i<NF;i++){ printf("%s ",$i) } printf("%s\n",$NF) }'; }
2010-02-23 15:05:28
User: quigybo
Functions: awk ls

displays the output of ls -l without the rest of the crud. pretty simple but useful.

ls -RAx | grep "svn:$" | sed -e "s/svn:/svn/" | xargs rm -fr
ls *.wav | while read f; do lame "$f" -o "$(echo $f | cut -d'.' -f1)".mp3; done;
ls *.jpg | grep -n "" | sed 's,.*,0000&,' | sed 's,0*\(...\):\(.*\).jpg,mv "\2.jpg" "image-\1.jpg",' | sh
ls . | xargs file | grep text | sed "s/\(.*\):.*/\1/" | xargs gedit
newest () { find ${1:-\.} -type f |xargs ls -lrt ; }
ls -l | sed -e 's/--x/1/g' -e 's/-w-/2/g' -e 's/-wx/3/g' -e 's/r--/4/g' -e 's/r-x/5/g' -e 's/rw-/6/g' -e 's/rwx/7/g' -e 's/---/0/g'
ls -t1 | sed 1d | parallel -X rm
2010-01-28 12:28:18
Functions: ls sed

xargs deals badly with special characters (such as space, ' and "). To see the problem try this:

touch important_file

touch 'not important_file'

ls not* | xargs rm

Parallel https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/parallel/ does not have this problem.

ls -Q * | xargs -p rm
2010-01-27 02:46:49
User: temp_reg
Functions: ls xargs

ls -Q will show the filenames in quotes. xargs -p rm will print all the filenames piped from ls -Q and ask for confirmation before deleting the files.

without the -Q switch, if we have spaces in names, then the files won't be deleted.

ls /usr/bin | xargs whatis | grep -v nothing | less
2010-01-26 12:59:47
User: michelsberg
Functions: grep ls whatis xargs

no loop, only one call of grep, scrollable ("less is more", more or less...)

for i in $(ls /usr/bin); do whatis $i | grep -v nothing; done | more
find / \( -local -o -prune \) \( -perm -4000 -o -perm -2000 \) -type f -exec ls -l {} \;
xdg-open $(ls . | dmenu)
2010-01-08 17:16:28
User: matthewbauer
Functions: ls

Simple file browser with dmenu, ls, and xdg-open.

ls / | sed -e :a -e 's/^.\{1,15\}$/&_/;ta'
2010-01-06 17:22:01
User: glaudiston
Functions: ls sed

the sql command lpad and rpad using sed

for lpad, invert the &_ with _&:

ls / | sed -e :a -e 's/^.\{1,15\}$/_$/;ta'
ls | sed "/^/=" | sed "N;s/\n/. /"
ls | sed -n '1h;2,$H;${g;s/\n/,/g;p}'
2010-01-06 15:56:16
User: glaudiston
Functions: ls sed

searching for sed to make a csv, I found the solution from Mr. Stolz in http://funarg.nfshost.com/r2/notes/sed-return-comma.html

you can also to use:

tr "\n" "," ;

But I was looking for a sed way =)

ls -lah --color=always | most
2010-01-04 22:21:13
User: Code_Bleu
Functions: ls

Even though --color is an option for 'ls' it will not display in color when doing 'ls -lah --color=always | less' to have color output when doing a directory listing and piping it out to page through results, replace less with most.

To install most if not installed, run:

sudo apt-get install most

BACKUP_FILE_SIZE=`eval ls -l ${BACKUP_FILE} | awk {'print $5'}`; if [ $BACKUP_FILE_SIZE -le 20 ]; then echo "its empty"; else echo "its not empty"; fi
2009-12-29 08:34:37
User: Redrocket
Functions: awk echo ls

If you gzip an empty file it becomes 20 bytes. Some backup checks i do check to see if the file is greater than zero size (-s flag) but this is no good here. Im sure someone has a better check than me for this? No check to see if file exists before checking it's size.

find dir -size -1024k -type f | xargs -d $'\n' -n1 ls -l | cut -d ' ' -f 5 | sed -e '2,$s/$/+/' -e '$ap' | dc
2009-12-28 04:23:01
User: zhangweiwu
Functions: cut dir find ls sed xargs
Tags: size sum

The command gives size of all files smaller than 1024k, this information, together with disk usage, can help determin file system parameter (e.g. block size) or storage device (e.g. SSD v.s. HDD).

Note if you use awk instead of "cut| dc", you easily breach maximum allowed number of records in awk.

find . -name '*png' -printf '%h\0' | xargs -0 ls -l --hide=*.png | grep -ZB1 ' 0$'