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Using simple ls command options

There will come a time when you will want to know the last file touched or the last file changed or maybe the largest or smallest file within a directory. This type of search can be done using our old friend the ls command. Previously we used the ls command to display directories and files within directories. If we use some of the ls command options, and pipe the output of ls to the head command to limit the number of displayed lines, we can accomplish the following:

Sample directory

The following home directory is used for the next few examples. Using the ľA option eliminates the . and .. files from the display.

$ ls -Al

total 44

-rw------- 1 tclark tclark 7773 Feb 2 17:11 .bash_history

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 24 Aug 18 11:23 .bash_logout

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 191 Aug 18 11:23 .bash_profile

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 124 Aug 18 11:23 .bashrc

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 237 May 22 2003 .emacs

-rw-rw-r-- 1 tclark tclark 0 Feb 3 09:00 example1.fil

-rw-rw-r-- 1 tclark tclark 0 Jan 13 21:13

drwxrwxr-x 2 tclark authors 4096 Jan 27 10:17 examples

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 120 Aug 24 06:44 .gtkrc

drwxr-xr-x 3 tclark tclark 4096 Aug 12 2002 .kde

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark authors 0 Jan 27 00:22 umask_example.fil

-rw------- 1 tclark tclark 876 Jan 17 17:33 .viminfo

-rw-r--r-- 1 tclark tclark 220 Nov 27 2002 .zshrc


The above book excerpt is from:

Easy Linux Commands
Working Examples of Linux Command Syntax

ISBN: 0-9759135-0-6   

Terry Clark 

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