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I'm starting to pick up Linux. I have one directory called class03 with five directories in it:


I need a one-line command that lists all files with -01, -02 and -03 in the file name in those directories.

I can get all the files to list with the command:

ls _html/ html/ dothtml/ images/

When i try to put the restrictions it still lists without the restriction and errors with the *-0[123]

I tried:

ls *-0[123] * _html/ html/ dothtml/ images/


ls _html/ html/ dothtml/ images/ * -0[123] *

So what do I need to do to make the code work in one command?

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By the way, if you want to list all the files in, say, the _html and html directories, it's good enough to say ls _htlm html -- you don't need to type / at the end of each directory name. – Scott Sep 8 '12 at 0:09

If there are no other directories, you can use just

ls */*-0[123]*

If there are more directories you want to exclude, you can use the brace expansion:

ls {{,_,dot}html,images,123}/*-0[123]*
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now if i wanted to move those files would i just use that same command replace ls to mv – brian fox Sep 7 '12 at 23:53
@brianfox: Sure. But be careful if files with the same name exist in different source directories, you will get mv: will not overwrite just-created. – choroba Sep 8 '12 at 0:18

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