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If you want to operate on a set of items in Bash, and at least one of them contains spaces, the `for` loop isn't going to work the way you might expect. For example, if the current dir has two files, named "file" and "file 2", this would loop 3 times (once each for "file", "file", and "2"):
for ITEM in `ls`; do echo "$ITEM"; done
Instead, use a while loop with `read`:
ls | while read ITEM; do echo "$ITEM"; done
I often deal with long file names and the 'ls -l' command leaves very little room for file names. An alternative is to use the -h -o and -g flags (or together, -hog).
* The -h flag produces human-readable file size (e.g. 91K instead of 92728)
* The -o suppresses the owner column
* The -g suppresses the group column
Since I use to alias ll='ls -l', I now do alias ll='ls -hog'
This command will grep the entire directory looking for any files containing the list of files. This is useful for cleaning out your project of old static files that are no longer in use. Also ignores .svn directories for accurate counts. Replace 'static/images/' with the directory containing the files you want to search for.
On my music directory, I create variable that contains all mp3s files, then I play them with mpg123. -C options enable terminal control key, s for stop, p for pause, f for forward to next song.
Substitute spaces in filename with underscore, it work on the first space encountered.
This command converts filenames with embedded spaces in the current directory replacing spaces with the underscore ("_") character.
Can pipe to tail or change the awk for for file size, groups, users, etc.
This command is almost the same as 'ls -a', but it does not display the current dir (.) or parent (..)
Requieres unoconv (debian package)
If run in bash, this will display all executables that are in your current $PATH
This command is much quicker than the alternative of "sort | uniq -c | sort -n".
Show only the subdirectories in the current directory. In the example above, /lib has 135 files and directories. With this command, the 9 dirs jump out.
Symlinks all files in the base directory to the target directory then lists all of the created symlinks.
This will show all physically connected SATA (and SCSI) drives on your system. This is particularly useful when troubleshooting hard disks.... or when a mount point seems to be missing.