Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Find Dot Files

Sometimes I forget the name of a particular config file but know it's stored as a dot file in my home directory. The following one-liner will non-recursively display any regular file begining with a dot.

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -name '.*'

Find does it again. ;-)


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Kurt said...

ls -d .*

Travis Whitton said...


That's good for dirs, but I was looking for files in this case.

Greg Whitescarver said...

For quickness, I type:

...that expands directories as well, but beats the other methods on speed. In general, <tab><tab> is a great way to see what your wildcards will expand to.

Anonymous said...

ls -d .*

Lists plain files and directories. The -d is "list directory entries instead of contents". If you really do want to see only the files, then sure, you need the find command. It's a lot of typing to avoid seeing the directory names, though.