An alternative to the ls command to print a directory listing.

Posted: January 2, 2018. At: 8:09 AM. This was 3 weeks ago. Post ID: 11608
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This is a good alternative to the ls command to print a directory listing. This is very useful for quickly viewing the contents of a directory.

┌─[jason@parrot][~/Documents]
└──╼ $find ./  -printf "%f\n" 
./
password-01.kismet.netxml
password-01.cap
read.c
out.xml
netcomm.txt
a.out
password-01.kismet.csv
rockyou.txt
password-01.csv
mysql.txt
notify.js

Here is a more complicated example.

┌─[jason@parrot][~/Documents]
└──╼ $find ./password-*[0-9]*  -printf "%f\n" 
password-01.cap
password-01.csv
password-01.kismet.csv
password-01.kismet.netxml

This simple one-liner will also print the contents of a directory.

┌─[jason@parrot][~/Documents]
└──╼ $for n in *; do printf '%s\n' "$n"; done
a.out
mysql.txt
netcomm.txt
notify.js
out.xml
password-01.cap
password-01.csv
password-01.kismet.csv
password-01.kismet.netxml
read.c
rockyou.txt

Run the pushd command to switch to another directory.

ubuntu ~ $ pushd Documents/

Then run the command again, and it will return to the previous directory.

ubuntu ~/Documents $ pushd
~ ~/Documents

This is yet another way to list the contents of a directory. Wildcards may be used to control the output, and filter for certain files.

ubuntu ~ $ printf '%s\n' *.txt
bandit14.txt
clock.txt
hash.txt
nmap-log-54.159.49.238-.txt
nmap-log-healthcare.gov-.txt
out.txt
pentestlab.txt
rockyou.txt
xyz-wordlist.txt

One final example, this is the lsattr command. This can be used to list files in a directory.

ubuntu ~ $ lsattr -a | grep "txt"
-------------e-- ./pentestlab.txt
-------------e-- ./hash.txt
-------------e-- ./out.txt
-------------e-- ./nmap-log-54.159.49.238-.txt
-------------e-- ./clock.txt
-------------e-- ./bandit14.txt
-------------e-- ./nmap-log-healthcare.gov-.txt
-------------e-- ./rockyou.txt
-------------e-- ./my.txt2
-------------e-- ./xyz-wordlist.txt

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