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Suppose you are in a directory that contains many files and many subdirectories.

You want to get a directory listing of all the files beginning with the letter "d". You type

ls d*

and what you get back is mostly files in sub-directories (in particular, files in subdirectories that begin with "d").

How do you list only the files and directory names in your current directory?

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up vote 23 down vote accepted

Ah, I just found it on the 6th reading of the man page. It's the not-so-sensibly named "directory" parameter

ls -d d*
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It took you just 29 seconds to re-read the man page and write up this answer? That's quick :-) – balpha Aug 19 '09 at 18:14
Additionally, ls -d d*/ will only show the directories. – innaM Aug 19 '09 at 19:00
balpha - I discovered it before submitting the question, then realized that if it took me so long to figure this out, I might as well help a future searcher out and post the q and a here. – dggoldst Aug 20 '09 at 12:35
Fair enough; there's nothing wrong with it. – balpha Aug 20 '09 at 12:44
And yet, CppLearner, it does indeed work. Try it. – dggoldst Sep 28 '13 at 16:51

I believe another interesting solution to be,

ls | grep ^d

Offers the flexibility of regular expressions.

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And the complexity of regular expressions! ;-) – Chris Nava Aug 19 '09 at 20:02
That is an interesting soln, and I like the idea of using regexs, however, if you add additional parameters to ls it will break. E.g. "ls -l | grep ^d" – dggoldst Aug 20 '09 at 12:41
True, but not all parameters. ls -a | grep "^\." would print all "hidden" files. – Kuer Aug 20 '09 at 13:31
other ls flags do not work when using this approach. e.g. ls -ltr | grep ^d doesn't work. while the one suggested in @dggoldst answer does. – hitesh israni Mar 12 '15 at 7:36

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

Okay, using find here is a tad of overkill. Just a tad.

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But it helped me list all direct directories of a specific user : find /home/ -maxdepth 1 -type d -user www-data. So thanks, and +1 – Cyril N. Sep 4 '12 at 13:01

ls -ld: It will give the list of directories, without descending into subdirectories.


ls -ld Cust*
This command will provide a listing of the files and directories which start with Cust.

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This is essentially the same as the five-year-old accepted answer. – Scott Jul 21 '14 at 15:57

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