How Do I Print A File List (finder)

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  1. foz405 macrumors member

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    I'd like to print the file names that are on an external backup so I know what is there. I've opened Finder and the relevant directory, but can't figure out how to print the pane (or file list).

    Can anyone help please ? I have Tiger 10.4.10 on a G4 powerbook.
     
  2. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    In terminal type ls -Rla /Volumes/<your backup volume/ > ~/Desktop/contents_of_backup_volume.txt and replace <your backup volume> with the actual name of the backup partition.

    That will give you a text-file on your desktop with lots, and lots of information... thay you may format and print as you like... ;)

    You can read up on all the possibilities of the ls command by typing man ls.
     
  4. foz405 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes. Thanks. But I'm more than a little worried about the inherent dangers of using "Terminal". They say you can delete stuff really easy, and I'm very accident prone and have deleted whole directories before today.

    ANY OTHER IDEAS ???
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Well as long as you stay away from the rm, and possibly the mv, command it's very limited what damage you easily can do... but even so, you could try PrintFinder. I've not tried it, and for all I know it could be a man eating trojan for Mac OS X, but if it does what it says it might be right up your alley... :)
     
  6. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    When I needed to do this I select all the folders/files I want, hit command-C (to copy), open up Word (or your text editor of choice), hit command-V (to paste) and bang-o there's a printable list.


    Lethal
     
  7. epheterson macrumors newbie

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    Perfect answer. Also, TextEdit in plaintext works great.
     
  8. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

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    I use this app, Print Window, standard version (free) from this site. http://searchwaresolutions.com/
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ls doesn't do anything other than list the files. unless you're a bad typer and change it to "rm" then there's not really anything to worry about.
     
  10. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    There's always the following:
    (a) arrange the Finder directory listing to show what you want onscreen
    (b) cmd-shft-4 - draw a box around the information you want
    (c) print the resultant "Picture 1" (.png file) from your desktop, with Preview, or whatever.
     
  11. climbingfool macrumors newbie

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    Use FireFox

    Drag the folder you want to print the file list of into Firefox.


    Print.
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Hmmm. In Safari, if you drag a folder into this box (the one I'm typing in) it generates the path to that folder, not a list of its contents.
     
  13. erblaser macrumors newbie

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    print finder search window

    Does anyone know how to print the results of a search of the desktop on Max OS 10.6.8?
    Copy and paste doesn't work, and neither did Print Window.
     
  14. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

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    I don't think there is a way to do it from spotlight, but you can use the mdfind command from terminal and redirect to a file, then print that file. For example:

    mdfind search_string >outfile.txt
     
  15. erblaser macrumors newbie

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    Thanks very much. That terminal command produces a list which can easily be cleaned up in a word processor for later printing.
     
  16. timjohns macrumors newbie

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    Simple. Quick. Thanks :)
     
  17. Charlotte Katz macrumors newbie

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    #17
    when I do this, I get all the contents of all the files.
    How to get just a list of the file names?
     
  18. CreatorCode macrumors regular

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    #18
    Use a text editor (like TextWrangler) and not a word processor (like Pages)

    If you use TextEdit (which is both) then make sure the document is set to Plain Text first.
     

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