faster version of ls *

echo *
I know its not much but is very useful in time consuming scripts (cron, rc.d, etc).
Sample Output
time ls *
real    0m1.585s
user    0m0.003s
sys     0m0.037s
time echo *
real    0m0.001s
user    0m0.000s
sys     0m0.001s

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By: grep
2009-02-16 21:20:13

What Others Think

On my system, it is not equivalent to "ls *" because "ls *" displays the contents of directories while "echo *" only displays there name. From what I see, "echo *" is equivalent to "ls -d * | tr '\n' ' '". That said, it's a useful trick when you only have files, although "find . -maxdepth 1" is also very fast.
raphink · 500 weeks and 1 day ago
I may have aliased my ls which might be why I thought it was equivalent
grep · 500 weeks and 1 day ago

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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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