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Old 05-12-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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List Only Files In a Directory beginning with "k" using the ls command

I can use the ls command to list the files in the directory that I am looking in.

Is is possible using ls, to restrict the results to only a specific group of files, say those starting with the letter k?

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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First "man ls".

Then "ls k*".
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Use the wildcard "*"
ls k*
this will list all the files whose name begins with k followed by any other string of characters. In some cases you can also use the wildcard for a single character "?", e.g. suppose you have files testfile_1.txt, testfile_2.txt testfile_10.txt testfile_11.txt, the command
ls testfile_?.txt
lists only testfile_1.txt and testfile_2.txt, whereas
ls testfile_*.txt
will list them all.
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Seems very Clear Now - Thanks

I looked thru the man page, but there is no referene to *. And I actually now realized I knew about the wildcard *. It just seems that I didn't put them together.

Anyway, I appreciate the assistance, and this has solved my problem.




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