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Old 03-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
Canis Polaris
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How to Limit "ls -la a*" to Current Directory

When I execute a list directory contents command (ls) with a filename filter, such as:

$ ls -la s*

the system returns all of the files that start with "s", which is what I want, but it also returns all of the directories that start with "s", which is OK, but then it also returns ALL of the contents of those directories, regardless of their initial.

Is there a way to limit the response to just the current directory and not its sub directories?


Old 03-13-2009, 01:57 PM   #2
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What distro are you using? ls -la s* doesn't recurse for me...
Old 03-13-2009, 02:11 PM   #3
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Try this

ls -lad s*

I basically took a look at the man page for ls, did a search for "directory" and found the -d option. Seems to do the trick in my testing.
Old 03-13-2009, 02:55 PM   #4
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Ghostwheel: RHEL 3

gburtenshaw: Thanks. I thought I tried that once before, but the "d" did the trick.


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