Selecting a random file/folder of a folder

shuf -n1 -e *
I used only shuf command.
Sample Output

By: seungwon
2011-03-23 03:52:56

8 Alternatives + Submit Alt

What Others Think

Nice. Got to be the most concise so far.
quincymd · 583 weeks ago
Brilliant! I was doing: find . -maxdepth 1|sort -R|head -n1 much much better your way!
j_melis · 583 weeks ago
Wow! That's why they say to read the manual... Very nice.
johnraff · 582 weeks and 6 days ago
Can someone explain to me why this is useful? Any use case?
Neo23x0 · 582 weeks and 2 days ago
This is a nice use of the "-e" but be careful that you know the max number of files in the directory. You can get a "Argument list too long" error with this one. The alternative #8090 works even with a large number of files: ls|shuf -n1 and it's actually shorter if you remove the superfluous "-1" on the ls, as noted in the comments. I was surprised to find the version with the pipe was faster on my system starting at about 4000 files.
splante · 542 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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