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List all symbolic links in current directory

Terminal - List all symbolic links in current directory
\ls -1 | xargs -l readlink
2009-11-23 19:28:03
User: TeacherTiger
Functions: xargs
List all symbolic links in current directory

For those who don't have the symlinks command, you can use readlink. This command is not straightforward because readlink is very picky. The backslash in front of 'ls' means not to use an alias (e.g. color escape codes from an aliased 'ls' could mess up readlink), and the -1 (one) means to print the entries separated by newlines. xargs -l (the letter L) means to process each input separated by newlines as separate commands.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ls -la | grep ^l
find /was61 -type l
find /was61 -type l
find /was61 -type l
ls -l | grep "\->"
2012-09-20 12:48:36
User: joernfranz
Functions: grep ls
Tags: readlink

Pretty lame to rely on grep and "\->"? Maybe. But it works ;)

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The -1 (one) is unnecessary as ls, when piped, outputs one file per line by default. If you were going to use this method to get links only,

ls | xargs [etc] would suffice.
Comment by sudopeople 306 weeks and 1 day ago

Correct about the -1 (one), but incorrect about the -l (upper case L). xargs requires the -l to process each line separately.

Comment by TeacherTiger 306 weeks and 1 day ago
$ ls ~ | xargs -1 readlink

xargs: invalid option -- '1'

$ ls ~ | xargs -L1 readlink
Comment by cfajohnson 306 weeks and 1 day ago

Of course I meant lower case L.

Comment by TeacherTiger 306 weeks and 1 day ago

Neat command. Looking at the xargs manpage, -l (lowercase L) is apparently deprecated in favor of -L which now requires an argument.

Comment by bwoodacre 306 weeks ago

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