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Old 06-04-2004, 05:37 AM   #1
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Question ls not working??

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to get the ls command to echo out the directories in a directory while I'm working but I can't seem to get it right. For instance I'll be in /etc and I'll type ls -d and all I'll get is a "." . Then when I try ls -d /etc (which I don't want to do because I want to use it in whichever directory I am in) it just echo's the /etc directory. What am I doing wrong?
Old 06-04-2004, 06:02 AM   #2
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The -d switch tells ls to print directories like regular files, not only print directories. I don't know offhand how to do that with ls, but one hackey way I came up with is:

ls -la | grep "^d" | awk '{ print $9 }'
Old 06-04-2004, 06:12 AM   #3
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Thanks, but that seems long winded. Is there another simple command that I can use to just display directories within a directory?
Old 06-04-2004, 11:52 AM   #4
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I am not aware of any ls option, that will list only directories.

You may consider following:

ls -F | grep /

-F inicates all directories with a slash as suffix


find . -type d -maxdepth 1

will list all directories

if this is too much typing, then you can define an alias. e.g.

alias lsdir=´ls -f|grep /´

so lsdir will list all subdirectories within the working directory.
Old 06-09-2004, 08:27 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies,

I liked the vlad-a idea of ls etc... it works the best.

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