The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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change file size format when using stat

The formatting character %s makes stat print the filesize in bytes # stat -c'%A %h %U %G %s %n' /bin/foo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 45112 /bin/foo ls can be configured to print the byte size number ...
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'+' and 's' in permission strings

If the ls -l command gives me a permission string like rwsr-s--x What does the 's' mean? The only sources I found mention that it can be present sometimes but do not elaborate. What does a '+' ...
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How can I assign the output of a command to a shell variable?

I want to assign the result of an expression to a variable and concatenate it with a string, then echo it. Here's what I've got: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop; thefile= ls -t -U | grep -m 1 "Screen Shot"; ...
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see newest release last (YML release files with the same timestamp from Git)

I pull from Git *yml files with "$packagename-$release.yml". The highest number is the most recent release. I wish to have the listening with latest release last. Correct sort order ...
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How to match case insensitive patterns with ls?

I would like to list all files matching a certain pattern while ignoring the case. For example, I run the following commands: ls *abc* I need to see all the file that have "abc" as a part of the ...
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What's the -alhF flag in ls?

What is the -alhF flag in ls? I can't find it in the man page.
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Concat 1000 files within a directory [closed]

I know we can concat files by cat file [file] [[file] ...] > joined-file. I have directory which contains lots of files. I want to concat all of them. I want to concat 1000 files irrespective of ...
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List files sorted numerically

I have a bunch of files from log1 to log164. I'm trying to LIST the directory (sorted) in a UNIX terminal but the sort functions are only providing the format like this: home:logs Home$ ls -1 | sort ...
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How to show only the last k columns in ls -l?

I like to restrict the columns shown in ls -l command, by eliminating the first 4 columns. ls -lh shows: drwxr-sr-x 20 gamma alpha 4.0K May 22 13:18 Desktop drwxr-sr-x 3 gamma alpha 22 Oct 6 ...
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LS_COLORS for 256-color terminal

I thought ls colors are defined as <file_type>=[<bg(40-47)>];<font_spec(0:5)>;<font_color(30-37)> but, I recently found this where there are more colors and colors are ...
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Screen bind key requires extra Enter (RET) key

I was playing around with GNU Screen's configuration and put the following configuration in ~/.screenrc: bind l eval 'exec ls' So, now when I type C-a l, it runs ls under the current directory. ...
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Find directories that do not contain subdirectories

I'm writing script is ksh. Need to find all directory names directly under the current directory which contain only files, not subdirectories. I know that I could use ls -alR and recursively parse ...
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Assigning ls output to a variable gives unexpected behavior

I was writing a script to clean a text file from a directory (I know,it's a bad idea but I really need it) and I wrote this: #!/bin/bash var=$(ls -p /direcotry/to/file | grep -v /) truncate -s 0 $var ...
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(Why) is it bad to use ls -A to list hidden files?

I want to list every file, including hidden files, in the current directory. I don't want to include the parent (..) and current (.) directory. I found this: how to glob every hidden file except ...
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How do I limit the number of files printed by ls?

Is there a way to limit the quantity of listed files on a ls command? I've seen: ls | head -4 but to get head to be executed I need to wait for ls to finish execution, and with directories with an ...
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How to understand the security context in “ls -Z”?

After referring "man ls", it shows "ls -Z" can display the security context: -Z, --context Display security context so it fits on most displays. Displays only mode, user, group, security ...
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How do I get a list of all directories and files with absolute paths each line ?

Using ls -R / i get every file and directory listed that exists, but not in the desired format. What do I need to write on the command line in order to get a list in such a format, that every line ...
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Solaris: How to run a system command on top of awk and combine all output in a single line

Have this peculiar requirement to print files in a given directory in the below mentioned format filename1 <type of file> owner group filename2 <type of file> owner ...
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What's the best way to count the number of files in a directory?

If parsing the output of ls is dangerous because it can break on some funky characters (spaces, \n, ... ), what's the best way to know the number of files in a directory? I usualy rely on find to ...
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`ls / | wc -l` tells more lines than `ls /` shows [duplicate]

ls / outputs two lines. $ ls / bin cdrom etc initrd.img lib lost+found mnt proc run share sys usr vmlinuz boot dev home initrd.img.old lib64 media opt root sbin ...
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Efficient search of unique owners of files and directories

I would like to view the unique owners of all the files and directories underneath a certain directory. I have tried: ls -ltR <dir-path> | grep -P '^[d|\-]' | awk '{print $3}' | sort | uniq ...
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Why *not* parse `ls`?

I consistently see answers quoting this link stating definitively "Don't parse ls!" This bothers me for a couple of reasons: It seems the information in that link has been accepted wholesale with ...
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Advice with How to Return the # of Files found within a folder [duplicate]

Create a script to ask a user for the name of a folder and have the script return the number of files found within the folder. If folder doesn't exist, display error message to the screen I've gotten ...
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find and list -R returning different number of files

I'm trying to create an array variable with a list of files to use in a small script, needing the full path to the file. Looking around I tried something like this: find /path/ -t f | grep ...
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Difference between 'ls -ltr abc*' and 'find ./ -name abc*' command? [duplicate]

To search a file in a directory, I found two commands as below: ls -ltr initialfilename* find ./ -name initialfilename* Sometime, first command gives me the search result but sometime I used to ...
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What defines “ll” in Fedora?

In Fedora, instead of typing ls -l, you can type ll. What causes this behavior? I've installed a new Debian system that does not appear to have this functionality. They're both running Bash. I can ...
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Piping the output of ls or tree to less loses colors?

tree and ls can distinct file types by coloring filenames differently. tree and ls often output a long list of files (including directories), so I pipe the stdout output to less. But less doesn't ...
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Foreach loop for ls output

I am trying to process some files in directory using foreach loop for ls output: IFS=$'\n' for i in $(ls -1Atu); do echo "$i" done At first time i thought it works, but when i created file ...
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Exclude one directory in `ls` matching pattern

I'm trying to ls dirs that have .png files inside (no need for recursiveness, though it would be extra useful), exept one. Exlude one directory i.e. ls */*.png works fine. ls (^one)*/*.png ...
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How can I list subdirectories recursively?

The obvious ls -dR does not work. I am currently using find /path/ -type d -ls but the output is not what I need (plain listing of sub-folders) Is there a way out?
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ls pattern matching

I know that [] is working in ls pattern matching: $ ls foo.c foo.h $ ls foo.[ch] foo.c foo.h but I cannot find where this is documented. I would like to know the syntax that would match these: ...
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How to ls using the long format (-l) while still following directory symlinks?

I've noticed that ls -l doesn't only change the formatting of the output, but also how directory symlinks are handled: > ls /rmn biweekly.sh daily.sh logs ... > ls -l /rmn lrwxrwxrwx 1 root ...
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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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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 ...
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What causes this green background in ls output?

There are two directories shown by 'ls'. Normally directories anywhere are blue on black background. But the first one is blue on green and impossible to read. Why is this? How to make it blue ...
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How to output only file names (with spaces) in ls -Al?

I should echo only names of files or directories with this construction: ls -Al | while read string do ... done ls -Al output : drwxr-xr-x 12 s162103 studs 12 march 28 12:49 personal ...
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List only regular files (but not directories) in current directory

I can use ls -ld */ to list all the directory entries in the current directory. Is there a similarly easy way to just list all the regular files in the current directory? I know I can use find find . ...
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How do I copy the latest file from one directory to another?

I have 3 zip files in a directory. I want to copy the most recent version to a backup directory. My code works fine for .sh and other files, but not for .zip. Is there something else I have to do? ...
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How to change the output color of ls comman in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been as in: How to colorize output of ls ? Though, I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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Tail -f the most recent log file

In a few spots I got this to work ls -rt /path/to/log/file/ | tail -1 | xargs tail -f But I can't figure out why it won't always work (This is quick fix until I get the log rolling fixed here)
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Linux Bash Scripting Issue with Wildcard

I'm having issues with what I imagine should be a simple bash command I'm basically just trying to loop through a bunch of files and get there names `ls ./*.sql` # list all files ...
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How to distinguish between output of numerous similar commands

Say I am issuing ls -la in a directory that has hundreds if not thousands of files, then changing to another directions and issuing ls -la. I then need to scroll up to see what files are in the most ...
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Get the latest directory (not the latest file)

My folder parent has the following content: A.Folder B.Folder C.File It has both folders and files inside. B.Folder is newer. Now I just want to get B.Folder, how could I achieve this? I tried ...
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How do I find the inode of any directory?

There is literally nothing on google that I can find that will help me answer this question. I presume it is passing some other parameter to ls -i?
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How to list only the last line of each directory?

I learned thanks to you, how to display only the last line of a listing,e.g. ls -ltr | sed '$!d' Now I thought, how to combine it with the find command, in order to repeat this onto each directory ...
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Why are files and directories colored in different ways? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu 14.04, in bash under gnome terminal, Why are files especially directories colored in different ways? The green colors hide the text to me (How about to you?). Is it done by terminal or ...
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How to display only the last line of a listing ?

Supposed I make a listing and sort the files by its temporal attribute: ls -ltr -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:10 foo1 -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:12 foo2 . . . -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla ...
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du and ls commands reporting wrong directory size

I'm used to the du command. I often use it with -h option. I report the result in a text file which I use to track space consumers. But I was wondered today to see a directory being reported as using ...
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How to list files on terminal so that we can see the file types such executable, ascii etc?

I have been trying to list files in directory using ls and passing it different options. Does it have the ability to list types of files as well ? I want to know which ones are executable , ...
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Failed to list directory contents: process waits infinitely

I use Linux Mint 13, and sometimes (rarely) I find myself not being able to list my home directory contents. When I try to do so: $ cd $ ls then, ls just waits indefinitely. The same with any other ...