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find . -type f -iname '*.msh' -exec ls -lG {} \; | awk '{total = total + $4}END{print "scale=2;" total "/2^20"}' | bc
ls | while read filename; do tar -czvf "$filename".tar.gz "$filename"; rm "$filename"; done
2010-03-29 08:10:38
User: Thingymebob
Functions: ls read rm tar
-2

Compresses each file individually, creating a $fileneame.tar.gz and removes the uncompressed version, usefull if you have lots of files and don't want 1 huge archive containing them all. you could replace ls with ls *.pdf to just perform the action on pdfs for example.

ls -d $(echo ${PATH//:/ }) > /dev/null
ls -l | grep ^-
ls -l | awk '{if (NR % 5 == 0) print "-- COMMIT --"; print}'
ls -l | sed "$(while (( ++i < 5 )); do echo "N;"; done) a -- COMMIT --"
2010-03-17 20:12:05
User: glaudiston
Functions: ls sed
2

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
5

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
-1

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
6

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
2

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
-1

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
1

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
12

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
1

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
0

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/. /"