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December 13th, 2007

CLI Magic: A little script to customize directory listings

Tricks, by suvi.

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. The following script does:

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