List all symbolic links in current directory

\ls -1 | xargs -l readlink
For those who don't have the symlinks command, you can use readlink. This command is not straightforward because readlink is very picky. The backslash in front of 'ls' means not to use an alias (e.g. color escape codes from an aliased 'ls' could mess up readlink), and the -1 (one) means to print the entries separated by newlines. xargs -l (the letter L) means to process each input separated by newlines as separate commands.

2009-11-23 19:28:03

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The -1 (one) is unnecessary as ls, when piped, outputs one file per line by default. If you were going to use this method to get links only, ls | xargs [etc] would suffice.
sudopeople · 634 weeks and 5 days ago
Correct about the -1 (one), but incorrect about the -l (upper case L). xargs requires the -l to process each line separately.
TeacherTiger · 634 weeks and 5 days ago
$ ls ~ | xargs -1 readlink xargs: invalid option -- '1' $ ls ~ | xargs -L1 readlink
cfajohnson · 634 weeks and 4 days ago
Of course I meant lower case L.
TeacherTiger · 634 weeks and 4 days ago
Neat command. Looking at the xargs manpage, -l (lowercase L) is apparently deprecated in favor of -L which now requires an argument.
bwoodacre · 634 weeks and 4 days ago

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