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When I check permission of less files from the command line on my Snow Leopard OSX system using Bash I see -rw-r--r--@ for certain files and for others I just see -rw-r--r-- What does the @ mean here?

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On OSX, the @ symbol indicates that the file has extended attributes. You can see them using xattr -l, or ls -@. From man 1 ls on OSX 10.9:

If the file or directory has extended attributes, the permissions field printed by the -l option is followed by a @ character.

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Thanks! I just tried and I saw xattr -l variables.less com.macromates.caret: .. Need to see why TextMate does this.. – rhand Dec 26 '13 at 8:09

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