Another question from an long-time Unix/Linux user who finds himself in a Windows world. First let me explain exactly what I'm trying to do. I'm using the Windows cmd.exe shell, and I want to list all directories below the current directory that contain a bin\Debug hierarchy, and determine if they contain any files (e.g.: trying to figure out if my NAnt clean target is working properly). My hierarchy might look something like this:
\Current \DirA \bin \Debug (some files under debug) \Release \DirB \bin \Debug \DirC \bin \Release
ls */bin/Debug would just give me a list of all the stuff in
DirA/bin/Debug, and show me the fact that
DirB/bin/Debug is empty. I've tried different contortions in the cmd shell, but keep winding up with stuff like:
> dir *\bin\Debug The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect. > dir *\*\* The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.
Is there something subtle I don't understand about the dir command, or is it just limited that way?
Yes, I realize I can just switch to explorer, navigate, right-click, and probably eventually craft a search that does what I want, but I'm more interested in the quick-n-dirty command-line solution.