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I would like to run ls and exclude certain files in the output.

When I run the following command, I get all files with each on one line:

$ ls -1

I would like to run this command in a way so it shows

$ ls -1 <insert magic here> temp
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ls -I <filename>

-I = Ignores the file. It won't list the specified file.

To ignore more than one file add multiple -I before files.

ls -I file1 -I file2
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If you use the long-form option --ignore you can extend that to glob patterns e.g. ls --ignore="file?" or ls --ignore="file*" – steeldriver Aug 18 '14 at 15:23
Thank you. ls -I "file*" also working. – Sudheer Aug 18 '14 at 15:42

For me if I use -I once, it works but if I use twice it doesn't. e.g: ls -I *.csv works.

But ls -I *.csv -I *.txt doesn't work and returns txt files instead.

--ignore did the trick for me. This is what I needed and worked.

ls -lhrt --ignore="*.gz" --ignore="*.1"

That will list me files from log folder where it exclude old backup logs.

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