Is there a more efficient way to run this? I am especially interested in a way which perhaps does not require a for loop...

shopt -s nullglob

declare -a ARRAY1
ARRAY1=( ~lettus_*.sh )
for file in ${ARRAY1[@]}
    ## Get <name> from /some/path/lettus_name.sh

    # remove .sh extension

    #  remove full path up to and including lettus_

    echo $file

shopt -u nullglob
  1. I'm assuming that file=${file//*lettus_} is supposed to be file=${file##*lettus_}.

  2. Don't do file=. There is no reason to declare the file variable before-hand. Using it is a the loop variable automatically creates it.

  3. Get rid of the temporary ARRAY1 variable (which fyi is not a good variable name). Just do for file in lettus_*.sh. In fact, since you don't quote ${ARRAY1[@]}, word-splitting would make your program fail in some cases.

  4. Why do you want a more efficient way? This should run in a split-second unless you have a million files.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. Need to change to file=${file##*lettus_}. Thanks. And you are right, it will be very fast. I just thought I was perhaps scripting this naively..... \$\endgroup\$ – Felipe Alvarez Jan 12 '16 at 2:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well "naively" doesn't just have to do with performance. All programming -- even "simple" shell scripting -- is a trade-off among many competing factors, two of which are speed and code clarity. In most cases, clarity wins out :) \$\endgroup\$ – gardenhead Jan 12 '16 at 2:43

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