search for a file (with regex), choose one then open it

findopen() { local PS3="select file: "; select file in $(find "$1" -iname "$2"); do ${3:-xdg-open} $file; break; done }
lists the files found by find, waits for user input then uses xdg-open to open the selected file with the appropriate program. usage: findopen path expression [command] With the third optional input you can specify a command to use other than xdg-open, for example you could echo the filename to stdout then pipe it to another command. To get it to work for files with spaces it gets a bit messier... findopen() { files=( $(find "$1" -iname "$2" | tr ' ' '@') ); select file in "${files[@]//@/ }"; do ${3:-xdg-open} "$file"; break; done } You can replace the @ with any character that probably wont be in a file name.

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By: quigybo
2010-02-28 02:28:59

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