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How can I generate a list of files with their absolute path in Linux?


I’m working on a shell script that accepts file paths as an input.

As a result, I’ll need to provide recursive file listings with complete paths. For instance, the path in the file bar is:


However, both ls and find, as far as I can tell, only give relative path listings:

./foo/bar   (from the folder ken)

It sounds like a no-brainer, yet neither the find nor the ls man pages mention it.

In the shell, how can I get a list of files with their absolute paths?

Asked by Ken

Solution #1

If you tell find to start with an absolute path, it will print absolute paths. To find all.htaccess files in the current directory, for example:

find "$(pwd)" -name .htaccess

or if $PWD expands to the current directory in your shell:

find "$PWD" -name .htaccess

find merely prepends the specified path to a relative path to the file from that path.

If you want to resolve symlinks in your current directory, Greg Hewgill suggests using pwd -P.

Answered by Matthew Scharley

Solution #2

readlink -f filename 

delivers the absolute path in its entirety. If the file is a symlink, however, the final resolved name will be returned.

Answered by balki

Solution #3

Use this for dirs (bash requires the / after ** to limit it to directories):

ls -d -1 "$PWD/"**/

This is for files and folders with a. in their names that are directly under the current directory:

ls -d -1 "$PWD/"*.*

this for everything:

ls -d -1 "$PWD/"**/*

The following is an excerpt from

In bash, ** is recursive if you enable shopt -s globstar.

Answered by user431529

Solution #4

You can use

find $PWD 

in bash

Answered by Vinko Vrsalovic

Solution #5

ls -d "$PWD/"*

Only the current directory is searched. If “$PWD” contains spaces, it quotes it.

Answered by didi

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