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Scilab help >> Files : Input/Output functions > ls


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Calling Sequence

ls path options
files=ls( [path] )



a string matrix giving a directory pathname (eventually ended by a pattern built with *). Default value is .


a string column vector. By default it contains a column formatted output. if one of the option is '-1'. files contains an entry for each files


ls can be used to list the files which match the patterns given by the path argument. Patterns are given to the unix ls or to the windows dir commands in order to get information on files. Thus in order to write portable Scilab script valid wildcard patterns for both os are to be given. Note that Pathname conversion is performed and for example SCI/modules/core/macros/*.sci is a valid pattern for both unix and windows.

If you want to get a vector of all files matching a pattern use preferabily the listfiles or the dirfunction.

Please note that starting from the version 5.0 of Scilab, the second input argument has been removed (a sequence of strings which can be added under Unix systems: the Unix ls command options). This option has been removed mainly for security and portability reasons.


ls SCI/modules/core/macros/*.sci

See Also

  • listfiles — list files
  • findfiles — Finding all files with a given filespec
  • dir — get file list
  • fileinfo — Provides information about a file
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