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Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

Terminal - Selecting a random file/folder of a folder
for i in *; do echo "$i"; done | shuf -n1
2011-03-17 17:48:42
User: johnraff
Functions: echo
-2
Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

Choose random file from current folder. Avoids using ls.

Alternatives

There are 11 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
2

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.

ls -1 | awk 'BEGIN{srand()} {x[NR] = $0} END{print "Selected", x[1 + int(rand() * NR)]}'
2011-03-13 20:05:06
User: saibbot
Functions: awk ls
Tags: awk random
-3

I use this command to select a random movie from my movie collection..

Know a better way?

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What others think

Or, more simply:

echo * | shuf -n1
Comment by flatcap 332 weeks ago

Sorry, jumped the gun on that one.

Ignore my command, it won't work :-)

Comment by flatcap 332 weeks ago

(Filenames might have spaces, or weird characters.)

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Comment by lovelin1987 16 weeks and 5 days ago

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