In Windows I can do:
dir /ad win*
and I'll get a list of directories whose name starts with "win"
how can I do the same in Unix?
If I do
ls -l win*
I get the list of directories but I also get the contents of the directory and I don't want that (I'm looking at a list of home folders and want to see those which have not been used recently so I only want to see the folder details, not the contents)
I've tried using find - I suspect that this will do what I want but I can't work out the switches!
ls -ld win* should work too?
If you want to make it more handy for comparing the modification dates, try
ls -ldtr win*
d = list directory name only, t=show in modification order, r=reverse (so last modded is first)
Thanks for this; the ls -d command works (ls -ld lets me see the date which is what I most want!)
I had to do the find as:
find . -type d -iname "win*" -ls
which worked but is really slow - it obviously scans every sub-directory. I think I should be able to stick "- prune" in to tell it not to do that but it still takes as long!
Anyway, I've got what I need so many thanks again - now to get deleting :-)