The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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Is there a correct way to list the subdirectories of the current directory?

I can find the subdirectories of a directory by ls -d -- */ or ls -l | grep "^d" but both of these seem indirect, and I would imagine that there would be a standard way to find just the ...
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ls: how do I list directories sorted by timestamps of the files it contains

How do I list directories by their access time in the sense that some new files/directories are created (say, directories containing the most recently created files).
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ls -a not showing folder “system”, but echo * shows it

When I create a folder named system in my home folder, or in /tmp (can't try other locations as I am not root, but owner confirmed same problem even on root), ls -a will not show it. Also tried ...
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What is the “directory order” of files in a directory (used by `ls -U`)?

According to the man page for ls, ls -U means: do not sort; list entries in directory order. What does "directory order" mean, and how is it determined? The following test (executed on an ...
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What does the “number” in the owner field of files signify in linux?

I copied many files to my new linux host. I see that all files have the owner and group both set to 515. What does that mean?
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Why does “ls *” take so much longer than “ls”?

I have a couple of files in a directory: $ ls | wc -l 9376 Can anybody explain why there is such a huge time difference in using ls * and ls? $ time ls > /dev/null real 0m0.118s user ...
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How do i open all files that are the result of a ls command?

I'd like to open all text files that are the result of a ls command using a text editor. How do i do this?
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Total in `ls -l`

When I run ls -l, the following is displayed: >: ls -l total 320 -rw-r--r-- 1 foo staff 633 5 Apr 13:23 A.class -rw-r--r-- 1 foo staff 296 5 Apr 13:24 A.java ... What does the ...
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Linux - command to list files (except ls)

Imagine you were working on a system and someone accidentally deleted the ls command (/bin/ls). How could you get a list of the files in the current directory? Try it. I tried many ...
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Why is Debian's root shell colorless?

Are there any security concerns? What is the best way to enable it?
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Really strange FAT32 file listing problem

I'm mounting a FAT32 drive on my NAS (which has a USB port), and hitting a strange issue when I use the ls command on the drive root: ls: cannot access ???²é?u.g: Input/output error ls: cannot ...
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Output from ls has newlines but displays on a single line. Why?

I think I may be overlooking a relatively fundamental point regarding shell. Output from the ls command by default separates output with newlines, but the shell displays the output on a single line. ...
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How to get only files created after a date with ls?

With ls command, does it possible to show only file created after a date, hour... I'm asking it because I have a directory with thousand of files. I want files created since yesterday. I use ls ...
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Compare files that are in directory 1 but not directory 2?

I'm having trouble with a bash script I want to make I know ls will list files that are in a directory but I want it to list directories that are in directory1 but NOT in directory2, and then list ...
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last time file opened

Is it possible to get the time when file was opened last time and sort all files in a directory by those times?
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Find the owner of a directory or file, but only return that and nothing else

I am looking for a command that will return the owner of a directory and only that--such as a regex parsing the ls -lat command or something similar? I want to use the result in another script.
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ls pagination on MontaVista with BusyBox

I'm logged into an IP Phone running MontaVista with a very stripped down BusyBox binary (by stripped down, I mean the OEM has removed almost all of its functionality, except the basics like cat, ls ...
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What is the Linux equivalent of DOS “dir /s /b filename”?

List all files/dirs in or below the current directory that match 'filename'.
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Scrolling through ls output without a mouse

In some directories there are quite a few files. When I use ls the output is more than my terminal can handle. Typically I just use one of the following: ls | less ls | more depending on my mood. ...
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Is it possible to change the spacing between files using ls

I'm fairly new to unix and I was wondering if there's some attribute of ls that I can use to change the spacing between the files. Currently I've aliased my ls to output ls -G, so that I have colored ...
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How can I search for a file with fixed name length using ls?

In a directory, I have files like lazer_100506 lazer_100707 lazer_091211 lazer_110103 lazer_100406_temp lazer_100622#delete etc How can I get a listing of only the first four files? $ ls ...
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Set ls color listings based on regex instead of globbing

Is it possible to set regex patterns for color matching in the LS_COLORS variable? So instead of just *.jpg=38;5;220 Can I do \.(jpg|gif)=38;5;220 That's just an example, I'd like to get more ...
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What is the difference between ls and l?

I accidentally typed l instead of ls today and found that the command still printed a list of the files in my current directory. Trying l --help brings up the help file for ls suggesting that l is ...
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ls command: what does the first line mean?

When I do ls -l I get this: calico@A000505:~/Documentos$ ls -l total 2020 -rwxr-xr-x 1 calico calico 8559 2010-11-16 11:12 a.out -rwxrw-rw- 1 smt smt 2050138 2010-10-14 10:40 Java2.pdf ...
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list full path of file without tying it from relative relative path

I could do this root@server [/home/user/public_html]# ls /home/user/public_html/.htaccess but I'd like to do this ls --switch .htaccess /home/user/public_html/.htaccess is it possible?
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Find the disk-space usage of a directory and all it's files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know the size of a directory? If I run ls -lh then any given directory is just shown as 4.0K. How can I can make it consider the files the directory refers to ...
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How can I list only the directories present in a directory using ls? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any option with 'ls' command that I see only the directories? I have a directory with a lot of files but only a few directories. To get a list of only ...
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LS_COLORS settings for specific types of files

I'm trying to set up my color scheme for ls, and I'm having trouble finding information about exactly what parameters I have to work with, or where those come from. And especially setting colors for ...
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ls'ing through an entire directory tree to produce one pipeable list of files

This might have been answered already. But I wasn't able to find it. I have: directory directory/subdirectory/subdirectoryofsubdirectory ...
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+ or @ mark after running 'ls -al'

In Mac OS X, run 'ls -al' gives me something like this. drwxrwxrwx+ 4 smcho staff 136 May 5 09:18 Public drwxr-xr-x+ 6 smcho staff 204 Feb 1 2010 Sites drwxrwxrwx 9 smcho staff ...
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Is there any option with 'ls' command that I see only the directories?

Sometimes, I need to check only the directories not files. Is there any option with the command ls? Or is there any utility for doing that? EDIT: I'm using Mac OS X, and ls -d gives me . even though ...
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How do I get a long listing for a single directory?

I want to see a long listing for a single directory. When I type ls -lha, I see this: drwxrwxr-x 4 username groupname 4.0K 2010-08-05 09:55 files drwxrwxr-x 7 username groupname 4.0K 2010-08-05 ...
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What does size of a directory mean in output of 'ls -l' command?

What does size of a directory mean in output of ls -l command?
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what does the @ mean in ls -l?

I am using Mac OSX. When I type ls -l I see something like drwxr-xr-x@ 12 xonic staff 408 22 Jun 19:00 . drwxr-xr-x 9 xonic staff 306 22 Jun 19:42 .. -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 xonic staff 6148 25 ...