Recursive calls

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  1. dallnsn

    dallnsn New Member

    I am trying to display information from my current directory into a 5 column format, but I am stuck on where to start. If anyone could offer some assistance it would be greatly appreciated. Someone has mentioned a recursive call to the shell script may make the task a little easier.

  2. topdog

    topdog Active Member HowtoForge Supporter

    What do u actually want to achieve as you are not clear on what you want.
  3. dallnsn

    dallnsn New Member

    Recursive calls.

    Hi topdog,

    Yes, it must be frustrating trying to work out what people are saying in their posts, just like it is for me a very novice linux user that has to design scripts in an obviously abstract programming language for such a novice like myself.

    this script is supposed to display the present working directory and lists it contents in 5-column format on the screen, the program has to accept the starting directory as a positional parameter and descend through the directories and subdirectories and list their contents in the above said "5 column format."

    This is what I have tried, but has not worked.

    # FILE: PartC

    chmod 770 PartC
    set -x

    local BASEDIR=$1 # Set the local base directory
    local LOCALDIR=`dallnsn` # Where are we?
    cd $BASEDIR # Go to this directory (down)
    local filelist=`ls -r` # Get the files in this directory
    for file in $filelist
    if [ -d $file ] # If we are a directory, recurs
    # we are a directory
    wcfiles "$BASEDIR/$file"
    fc=`wc -w < $file` # do word count and echo info
    echo "$BASEDIR/$file $fc words"
    cd $LOCALDIR # Go back up to the calling directory

    if [ $1 ] # Default to . if no parms
    wcfile $1
    wcfile "."

    Well that's about it, I can't say anymore than that.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  4. topdog

    topdog Active Member HowtoForge Supporter

    Why don't you use find to traverse the directory instead of doing recursive calls.

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