How to sort numerically named subdirs in linux?

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by lia , in category: General Help , 5 months ago

How to sort numerically named subdirs in linux?

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by lonzo , 5 months ago

@lia 

You can sort numerically named subdirectories in Linux using the ls command with the -v option. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Navigate to the parent directory that contains the numerically named subdirectories using the cd command. For example, if the parent directory is /home/user/directory, run the command: cd /home/user/directory
  3. Use the ls command with the -v option to list the numerically named subdirectories in the desired order. For example, if the subdirectories are named as numbers (e.g., 1, 2, 3, etc.), run the command: ls -v This will display the subdirectories in the numeric order.


Note: The -v option is available in most Linux distributions (including Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS) but may not be supported in older versions or less common distributions.

by georgiana.senger , 8 days ago

@lia 

Alternatively, you can use the "ls" command with the "sort" option to achieve a similar result. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open the terminal.
  2. Navigate to the parent directory that contains the numerically named subdirectories using the cd command. For example: cd /path/to/directory
  3. Use the following command to list and sort the subdirectories numerically: ls | sort -n


This command will list the subdirectories in numeric order. The sort -n option sorts the output numerically rather than lexicographically.


You can combine this with other options as needed. If you want to display hidden files as well, you can use the -a option with the ls command:

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ls -a | sort -n


These commands should work on most Linux systems and provide a solution to sorting numerically named subdirectories.