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Using this question I've tried to match whole words with awk.

In my homerdir there's a file called .bashrc, but when I try to use:

ls -la | awk '$9 ~ /\<.bashrc\>/'

It doesn't show anything.

Also tried:

ls -la | awk '{if($9 ~ "^.bashrc" && $9 ~ "$.bashrc") echo $0}'

Still doesn't work.

What am I doing wrong?

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    What is the expected output? From your question I don't see any reason to not simply use ls .bashrc or find . -name ".bashrc" – Argonauts Aug 25 '16 at 16:30
  • Assuming this is actually part of a larger problem (otherwise, I completely agree with Argonauts' suggestion), that regex syntax \< is supported by GNU awk (are you using another version?). Stupid suggestion maybe, but could you post the output of ls -la ? – Edward Aug 26 '16 at 9:25
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~ is used for string comparison, it is not for exact match.

You could use ==. Your command should be:

ls -la | awk '$9 == ".bashrc"'

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