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Old 09-19-2007
how to display only hidden files

how can i display only and only hidden file in the current directory.
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Old 09-19-2007
ls -a|grep "^\."
# 3  
Old 09-19-2007
With zsh:

for all type of files:

print -l .*

for regular files only:

print -l *(.D)

P.S. . and .. are not matched per default.

Last edited by radoulov; 09-19-2007 at 10:43 AM..
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Old 09-20-2007
ls -a|grep "^\."

is not working does grep supports regulaexepession ?
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Old 09-20-2007
Originally Posted by useless79
ls -a|grep "^\."

is not working does grep supports regulaexepession ?
Are you sure it does not work ? That command worked just fine for me. Try this

ls -a | grep -e "^\."

See man grep for other flags. -e allows you to mention a pattern.
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Old 09-20-2007
Originally Posted by useless79
does grep supports regulaexepession ?


re stands for Regular Expression ...
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Old 11-11-2008
Much easier:

ls -ad .*

Or I prefer:

ls -lad .*

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