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Old 01-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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i need a little help with the ls command

Hello all,

As for a hobby project i want to create a textfile of some files on my linux fileserver, but i need it to be in a certain format to import it in a database.
The server runs on knoppix 3.3.

I want to use the ls command for that, but i can't get it the way i want.

(URL could be something like //bigmofo1/linux/knoppix.iso)
I want to have it in this format : Filename, size, URL, date created.

If anyone can give me a hand i'd appreciate it very much, thank you
Old 01-27-2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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Well, you could use awk with something along the lines of
 ls -lh | awk '{printf "%s %s %s\n", $8, $5, $6}' > outputfile.txt
- though that won't give you the absolute path to each file. You could 'cat' on the output of pwd, presumably, though there might be a simpler way to do it...


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You might want to take a look at the du command.
Old 01-28-2005, 07:26 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for the reply. I will have a look at the du command, after i have been studying the awk command. I have a need to understand why it behaves like this, i might even learn something . I hope it works !!

Thnx again !


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