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I am trying to look for all XML files in a particular directory and all sub-directories (recursively) inside it.

ls -R *.xml is only listing files in the current directory. I am quite sure, the sub-folders themselves have several .xml files, but none are showing up.

Is this a configuration issue?

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Try using Find

sudo find . -print | grep -i '.*[.]xml'
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is the sudo must, or it's there to ensure super user privileges? –  Shamim Hafiz Jun 13 '13 at 20:36
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I let you decide. Sudo, No Sudo. –  Mitch Jun 13 '13 at 20:44
    
If this answered your question, you may mark this answer as accepted. –  Mitch Jun 13 '13 at 21:57
    
Just out of interest. What is the advantage of find over ls -R? –  don.joey May 22 at 9:21
    
@don.joey This might help stackoverflow.com/questions/13830036/… –  Mitch May 22 at 10:08
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Try this command:

ls -R | grep '.*[.]xml'

ls doesn't have options to filter the output. For that you would need to use pipe. This passes the output from ls to grep, which then filters them to show just the .xml files.

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You can do it with find only:

find . -name *.xml

. is the current directory. If you need to search in another directory, replace . with the directory path.

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This would work too.

find /path-dir -type f | xargs grep *.xml

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