I've written this command to get me "snippets" of code:

\immediate\write18{find ../../../.. -name '#1' -print | grep #2 | xargs cat > ./listingwithoutcomments}


\immediate\write18{rm -f -- 'listingwithoutcomments'}

It's used like this:


More fully:


The motivation behind this is basically because I'm trying to use lstinputlisting to find files recursively within a (Linux) directory structure, and I'm using find from Bash to get around the fact that it can't. At least, I don't believe it can.

The thing is that I suspect this is not the best way to do this, but it does work in the sense that it does what I want. I'm not a huge fan of the way that I use three separate options, though, and that's what I really want to avoid if possible, but I'm really struggling to make sense of how I'd use xkeyval to achieve this, which I think is my best bet. What I would really like, for example, is to be able to use codesnippet like this:


... or even better, actually use linerange per the lstinputlisting option, but I suspect this probably isn't possible:


I think my trouble stems from the fact that I'm embedding a command (lstinputlisting) inside my "newcommand", and since I haven't had any luck experimenting with xkeyval I just want to ask if anyone could:

A. Help me get on the right track understanding how I would use xkeyval to come up with something like this:


B. Help me understand whether the use of lstinputlisting may be complicating things, as it has its own options

C. (Bonus) Help me understand whether there is a better way of doing this altogether, and what else I may be doing wrong ... e.g. is there a way to get lstinputlisting to find files recursively without using find altogether?

Any help would as always be greatly appreciated.

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  • You can certainly do this using xkeyval. You'd need to declare some options (maybe justfilter and marker so the usage is \codesnippet[filter=foo,marker=bar]{filename}) and then based on the options given construct the \write18 command and decide what options to pass to \lstinputlisting. There's no problem with using \lstinputlisting as you're doing it that I can see. – TH. Jul 11 '17 at 11:01
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    tex can't so easily cat the files but it could input a file of name #1 from some arbitrarily deep directory without needing shell escape. Just as article.cls can be input from anywhere – David Carlisle Jul 11 '17 at 11:04

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