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This is one of the many similar lines from the output from ls -all

lrwxrwxrwx  1 subhrcho dba   25 Dec  6 01:36 beam-server.jpr -> .ade_path/beam-server.jpr

What does the above signify ? I am specially interested in .ade_path ? What does the dot(.) signify here ?

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remember there is no -all option. It is either --all, which is the same as -a or -a -l -l which can be shortened to -all. What you are doing is the latter. – Karthik T Jan 16 '13 at 5:45
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The file beam-server.jpr is a symbolic link to .ade_path/beam-server.jpr. This is also what the l stands for in the file's permissions.

File and directory names prefixed with a full stop (.) are hidden and not normally listed by ls unless the -a or --all arguments are passed.

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Specifying the -l option twice does nothing to show hidden files. – jordanm Jan 16 '13 at 5:21
@Amazed how can i see the contents of .ade_path ? – Geek Jan 16 '13 at 5:35
@Geek cd .ade_path;ls – Karthik T Jan 16 '13 at 5:44
@jordanm fixed, thanks. – Andrew Lambert Jan 16 '13 at 6:20

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