Shell Script To Provide ls -l in output in customized format

#Write the shell program which produces  a report from the output of ls -l in the following format
# file1
# file2
# [DIR] test/
# Total regular files : 7
# Total directories : 4
# Total symbolic links : 0
# Total size of regular files : 2940
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# This is a free shell script under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# Copyright (C) 2005 nixCraft project.
# Feedback/comment/suggestions :
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# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
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for f in *
	if [ -f $f ] 
		size=$(ls -l "${f}" | awk '{ print $5}')
	if [ -d $f ]
		output="[DIR] $f/"
	if [ -L $f ]
		output="[LINK] $f@"
	echo $output
echo "Total regular files : $rf"
echo "Total directories : $dir"
echo "Total symbolic links : $syml"
echo "Total size of regular files : $totsize"
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3 comments… add one
  • Nt Jan 13, 2012 @ 9:26

    Thanks a lot for all these examples. Very useful to learn shell scripts for a newbie like me :)

  • Hamid Noroozi Mar 15, 2009 @ 9:40

    there is a problem with your script
    when you execute it , if there is any file or directory which it’s name contains ” ” ( i mean space ) , you would get some error.
    to deal this error you should modify all your if clause to :
    if [ -f “$f” ]
    another note is that , we expect a “ls” comand to accept an argument as a path , for example : ls /etc/ —> should list all the files and directories in /etc/.
    to deal this i suggest you to modify these lines :
    cd “$1” ##this line is added between the 2 lines you had##
    for f in *
    echo “Total size of regular files : $totsize”
    cd “-” > /dev/null ## and this line is added at the end of script##
    thnx for your nice ideas in scripting

    Best Regards , H.Noroozi

  • jo Mar 2, 2009 @ 23:53

    nixcraft site is absolutely such a helpful site to me.
    its very user friendly especially to those who are newbie in linux like me.
    easy to understand and gives a good example. thanks to nixcraft!!

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