View Full Version : [SOLVED] thinking of a program to write all files in a directory to html code

May 16th, 2011, 09:22 AM
So i'm very new to programming and i'm very interested, i started running an apache server off my home ubuntu machine and would like to figure out a script to take all the files in a directory and input them into an html link.

heres what i have so far


for f in *.mp3 do >> "$f" hmtmloutput.txt <a href="'${f%.mp3}.mp3'"</a>; done

be gentle its my first post! any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Note: i took the idea from a for loop for encoding files with ffmpeg

May 16th, 2011, 09:53 AM
Most web servers (including Apache) come with directory browsing support. By this I mean you can browse your file system via HTTP and click on your files with a web browser etc. Is this what you mean? If so there is no need for a script.

Google for "apache enable directory browsing".

May 17th, 2011, 12:00 AM
Thanks for your reply, i found the directory browser and it works fine, i would just like something a little more aesthetically pleasing. so if i could just have a script that would write the code for all the files in the directory into links then i could add that code to my web page and have free reign to make the page look however i want.

May 17th, 2011, 12:06 AM
You can add HTML headers and footers to those pages, which gives you quite some scope for changing the appearance using CSS:


May 17th, 2011, 06:05 AM
great idea, i think this is what i'm looking for but i can't get it to work... i made a HEADER.HTML file, put it in my /var/www folder and put a line in the /etc/apache2/httpd.conf file that said HeaderName HEADER.html and restarted the server like i read on another forum to do but nothing seemed to change and i can't for the life of me figure it out lol.

May 17th, 2011, 10:16 AM
When you specified the file in the configuration, did you start with '/'?

If Filename begins with a slash, it will be taken to be relative to the DocumentRoot.

May 18th, 2011, 03:45 AM
Nope no slash, but also the httpd.conf file is empty. is apache using a different config folder now?

May 18th, 2011, 10:40 AM
The default install of Apache on Ubuntu is set up to make it easy to configure virtual hosts:


In short, look in /etc/apache2.conf (global) and /etc/apache2/sites-available (host). If you haven't changed anything around, your DocumentRoot is probably specified in /etc/apache2/sites-available/default.