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I am reading in man lsof that

+L enables the listing of file link counts. A specification of
the form "+L1" will select open files that have been unlinked.

I don't understand why deleted files should have count 1.

Should not the count for deleted files be 0 ?

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Well, yes. The manpage on my Debian system says “When +L is followed by a number, only files having a link count less than that number will be listed.”

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you are correct. That's embarrassing, I have missed that in the manual. – Martin Vegter Mar 26 '14 at 18:44

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