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Please note that the recommended version of Scilab is 6.1.1. This page might be outdated.
See the recommended documentation of this function

Scilab Help >> Files : Input/Output functions > Directory > ls


shows files


files = ls [path]
files = ls( [path] )



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


a string column vector. By default it contains a column formatted output.


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 preferably the listfiles or the dir function.

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 of files
  • findfiles — finding all files with a given file specification
  • dir — gets file list
  • fileinfo — provides information about a file
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