Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

for i in *; do echo "$i"; done | shuf -n1
Choose random file from current folder. Avoids using ls.

By: johnraff
2011-03-17 17:48:42

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Or, more simply: echo * | shuf -n1
flatcap · 588 weeks and 1 day ago
Sorry, jumped the gun on that one. Ignore my command, it won't work :-)
flatcap · 588 weeks and 1 day ago
(Filenames might have spaces, or weird characters.)
johnraff · 588 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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