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Re: ls -R doesn't work; V1.3.12 on Win2000
Sorry... I didn't review my posting critically before sending it off...
There's an oversight in both my and Jim's posting: The "." character is the
single-character match-any pattern character in all the grep variants (and
in other programs, such as sed and Perl), and hence must be escaped to be
interpreted literally as the period character.
So the proper incantation of my example is:
ls -laR |egrep -i '\.(doc|pdf|rtf)'
At 13:10 2002-07-06, Randall R Schulz wrote:
Apart from the fact that, as Chris F. pointed out, you and Hari seem to
share a misconception about how the "-R" option to "ls" works, your
suggestion about using grep is probably better, in this instance, than
involving "find" as I said you "must" do (a very poor and inaccurate
choice of words).
You'll probably want to use the "-i" option to grep so that it matches the
letters in the suffixes case insensitively, since Windows doesn't care
about alphabetic case in any part of a file name.
If you use "egrep" you can get multiple suffixes selected in a single command:
ls -laR |egrep -i '.(doc|pdf|rtf)'
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