Find all dot files and directories

ls -a | egrep "^\.\w"
trying to copy all your dotfiles from one location to another, this may help
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By: kulor
2009-11-11 18:19:56

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This is possible with 'find', but is quite verbose: find -maxdepth 1 -regex '^\./\..*' -printf '%f\n' | sort piping through 'sort' to match default output of 'ls'.
pysquared · 605 weeks ago
If the goal of "\w" in the regexp is to avoid listing . and .. then ls has the -A option.
rbossy · 605 weeks ago
ls -1d .* no need grep here... Or simply $ ls .[tab]
sputnick · 605 weeks ago
@pysquared considered find but as you mentioned, it is a bit to verbose. @rbossy the goal of the \w is to filter the results to return only dotfiles and folders but exclude '.' & '..' at the same time. The following code does not work in the context of searching dotfiles 'ls -aA .*' @sputnick ls -1d .* . .. So I would still need to inverse grep the results anyway
kulor · 605 weeks ago
ls -1d .[[:alnum:]]*
sputnick · 605 weeks ago
@sputnick nice one
kulor · 605 weeks ago
@kulor: c'mon, if you use -A instead of -a, the \w in the regexp is useless. @sputnik: I think it does not exclude . and ..
rbossy · 604 weeks and 6 days ago
@pysquared: -name ".*". No need regex.
unixmonkey7109 · 603 weeks and 5 days ago
@unixmonkey7109: I tried -name ".*", but it does not exclude ".".
pysquared · 603 weeks and 4 days ago

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