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Related Content (GPL) is a Bourne Shell script that helps your custom shell scripts determine whether the specified directory contains any files. This script outputs a '1' for true and a '0' for false. is distributed as executable source code under the GNU General Public License. Please see the license agreement elsewhere on this site.

Usage "directory"

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Chieh Cheng
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 23:33:03 +0000

The original implementation of is too simple. It returns an 1 even if there are no files, but if the directory contains directories, symbolic links, etc. So I have updated it to only return 1 when it finds files. The new version is attached below.

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Chieh Cheng
Tue, 13 Jan 2009 00:04:44 +0000

I have improved this "" script further. You can now specify file masks to look for. If the directory contains files that matches the mask(s) you specify, it will return an 1. If you do not specify any file masks, then it will return an 1 if the directory contains any file. The new version is attached below.

Usage "directory" [ "file mask 1" ... "file mask N" ]

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Chieh Cheng
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 22:28:25 +0000

Found a bug where if no files matches the last file mask, this script returns false even if the other file masks provides a match. I fixed the bug. Download the new version below.

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Chieh Cheng
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:16:52 -0800

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