Select and Edit a File in the Current Directory

PS3="Enter a number: "; select f in *;do $EDITOR $f; break; done
This command displays a simple menu of file names in the current directory. After the user made a choice, the command invokes the default editor to edit that file. * Without the break statement, the select command will loop forever * Setting the PS3 prompt is optional * If the user types an invalid choice (such as the letter q), then the variable $f will become an empty string. * For more information, look up the bash's select command
Sample Output
$ select f in *;do vim $f; break; done
1) arguments		  5) getopt_homemade.sh	   9) remove_from_path.sh
2) data			  6) getopt_tryout	  10) scriptname.sh
3) for_example		  7) getopts_tryout	  11) var_substitution.sh
4) getopt_function.sh	  8) parameter_expansion
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By: haivu
2009-09-10 06:04:42

What Others Think

Interesting. However, need to exclude directories and include hidden files in the listing.
sklm · 527 weeks and 5 days ago
If you want to exclude dir and include hidden file, try this: PS3="Enter a number: "; select f in $(find . -type f -maxdepth 1);do $EDITOR $f; break; done
haivu · 527 weeks and 5 days ago

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