Play a random .avi file from a media tree

unset files i; set -f; O=$IFS; while IFS= read -r -d $'\0' files[i++]; do :; done < <(find . -name '*.avi' -print0) && IFS=$O; set +f && echo "Running: mplayer \"${files[ $(( $RANDOM % ${#files[@]} )) ]}\""
unsets variables used by the one-liner sets up the IFS bash variable to not be affected by whitespace and disables extra glob expansion uses read to slurp the results of the find command into an array selects an element of the array at random to be passed as an argument to mplayer

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2009-02-18 16:53:57

What Others Think

If you don't care about embedded newlines in filenames, this version is a little easier on the eyes: set -f; O=$IFS IFS=$'\n' files=($(find . -name '*.avi')) IFS=$O; set +f && echo "Running: mplayer \"${files[ $(( $RANDOM % ${#files[@]} )) ]}\""
DEinspanjer · 504 weeks and 3 days ago

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