Posted By: Ken
I am writing a shell script that takes file paths as input.
For this reason, I need to generate recursive file listings with full paths. For example, the file
bar has the path:
but, as far as I can see, both
find only give relative path listings:
./foo/bar (from the folder ken)
It seems like an obvious requirement, but I can’t see anything in the
ls man pages.
How can I generate a list of files in the shell including their absolute paths?
If you give
find an absolute path to start with, it will print absolute paths. For instance, to find all .htaccess files in the current directory:
find "$(pwd)" -name .htaccess
or if your shell expands
$PWD to the current directory:
find "$PWD" -name .htaccess
find simply prepends the path it was given to a relative path to the file from that path.
Greg Hewgill also suggested using
pwd -P if you want to resolve symlinks in your current directory.