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CLI Magic: A Little Script to Customize Directory Listings

Dec 12, 2007, 05:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sergio Gonzalez Duran)

"Sometimes when I run ls to get a directory listing, I am looking for a specific file, but I want to see the whole context where the file resides. While you can pipe the output of ls to grep, that doesn't show you the whole directory with the matched files highlighted in a different color. I create a small script to do just what I want.

"For example, suppose that in /proc/sys/net/ipv4 I want to see files that have the pattern 'max' as part of the name. I could run ls /proc/sys/net/ipv4 | grep max. grep changes the color to red where the pattern is found, but it doesn't display the files I want in the context of the entire directory listing..."

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