When using normal shell globbing, * often matches files in lexicographic order. For certain reason, sometimes I don't want this behavior. Is there a way to scramble matching results so their order is at random? I am specially interested in zsh solutions but this is not mandatory.

ls | sort -R 

might work for you.

  • $( ls | sort -R ) would even be a drop-in replacement for * in most cases. – Eroen Mar 28 '12 at 19:27

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