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Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

Terminal - Selecting a random file/folder of a folder
ls -1 | sort -R | sed -n 's/^/Selected /;1p'
2011-03-13 21:00:28
User: flatcap
Functions: ls sed sort
-5
Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

Select a file/folder at random.

Alternatives

There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
shuf -n1 -e *
ls -1 | shuf -n 1
2011-03-13 22:14:57
User: quincymd
Functions: ls
Tags: bash random
2

random file from files in directory

find . | shuf -n1
2011-04-01 22:57:01
Functions: find
Tags: bash random
1

Also looks in subfolders

a=(*); echo ${a[$((RANDOM % ${#a[@]}))]}
2011-03-18 13:24:52
User: putnamhill
Functions: echo
Tags: bash random
-1

Here's a bash version using an array.

for i in *; do echo "$i"; done | shuf -n1
2011-03-17 17:48:42
User: johnraff
Functions: echo
Tags: bash random
-2

Choose random file from current folder. Avoids using ls.

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What others think

Note that -1 is assumed on ls if output is not the terminal. Try these:

ls

output is in columns

ls|cat

output is same as ls -1

Comment by splante 140 weeks and 6 days ago

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