Show all video files in the current directory (and sub-dirs)

find -type f -printf '%P\000' | egrep -iz '\.(avi|mpg|mov|flv|wmv|asf|mpeg|m4v|divx|mp4|mkv)$' | sort -z | xargs -0 ls -1

By: udim
2009-04-19 19:45:11

What Others Think

nice one! i'm kind of a noob so how can i print the output into a text file, with one line per result?
loetje · 585 weeks and 3 days ago
loetje: Just use output redirection (a ">" and the filename): [hiswholecommand] > otuput.txt
dfego · 585 weeks and 2 days ago
What's the advantage of the above over find -regextype egrep -type f -iregex '.*\.(avi|mpg|mov|flv|wmv|asf|mpeg|m4v|divx|mp4|mkv)$' -print0 | sort -z | tr '\0' '\n' (using gnu find). Also - the part of "-print0..." and to the end of the line is only necessary if you care to sort the files by name. Another thing is that if you don't specify "-f" to "ls -1" then ls will re-sort the file names. Maybe that's another point in favour of using the "tr" instead of "ls" to convert the \0's to newlines.
amosshapira · 585 weeks and 2 days ago
@amosshapira ls -1 is being called on a per-item basis here so it wouldn't resort them. not sure if tr or ls would be faster but you could save yourself a bit of headache by killing the -print0, -z, and tr like this find -regextype egrep -type f -iregex '.*\.(avi|mpg|mov|flv|wmv|asf|mpeg|m4v|divx|mp4|mkv)$' | sort good call on the find iregex though.
TheMightyBuzzard · 585 weeks and 2 days ago

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