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Greetings; I need to use the ls command, and only the ls command to list all files in a directory that have a 'dot' in them. Not only hidden files but also any file with a name like File1.txt I am losing my marbles trying to figure this out, and seeing as my teacher said it was OK to get the answer from a forum as long as I divulged the fact, I'm turning here for help.
I did not know that you could pass multiple arguments to ls like that.
Following your lead I tried: ls -d .* *.* and it seems to do the trick,
I spent a lot of time trying various expressions. It kills me that it may be something that simple.
Easiest way to list just directories is to put a trailing slash after the star. The trailing slash will make it so it only matches directories, and if you have -d in the ls flags it will print the directory names instead of their contents. eg:
I noticed that if I don't use the -d switch lists the directory names followed by its contents, even if the contents don't have dots in the name.
Whereas, when I do, it lists only the file and directory names, which is what I'm looking for. I've come to realize that I way over thought this problem
and made it more difficult for myself than it needed to be. Cheers and thanks for your assistance.