The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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ls to show only directory/filename and size

First of all, this is not a duplicate of this: Linux ls to show only filename date and size Because I want to print actual directory name additionally. I was always using this command: ls -l | awk ...
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The result of ls * , ls ** and ls ***

I know using the command ls will list all the directories. But what does the ls * command do ? I used it and it just lists the directories. Is the star in front of ls means how deep it can list the ...
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What is the meaning of ls -d ?

I entered the man page of ls, the entry for the -d option is as follows: -d, --directory list directory entries instead of contents, and do not derefer‐ ence ...
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Can the command completion for `cd` be modfiied to only show directories and ignore files?

When I am in a directory in bash, and I press cd Space Tab, it shows everything in the directory as a possibility. (Show all 1000 possibilities?) This is really cumbersome when I am in a directory ...
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No colored output in less for the ls command

If I run ls I get colored output which I find pretty handy for quickly getting a glance of the kind of file. When I try to pipe it to less even with the -r and -R flags the coloring always get lost. I ...
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get file size and line count at the same time

I'm looking for a way to list all files in a directory, with both their size, and a line count. Right now I'm using stat -c \"%s %n\" /directory/* to get file names and sizes, and I know I can use ...
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How do I get the size of a directory on the command line?

I tried to obtain the size of a folder (containing folders and sub folders) by using the ls command with option l. It seems to work for files (ls -l file name), but if I try to get the size of a ...
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How to display metainformation for different kinds of time of a file ?

As far as I know each name within a path, e.g. /name1/name2/name3, is allocated to one inode. This inode is a collection of meta information for each name (file or directory). Some of these ...
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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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bash permissions - unknown problem

So strangely enough I have the following problem in a directory inside a script: #!/usr/bin/env bash MAIN_DIR=/home/ec2-user/dir/ LAST_DIR=$(ls -d -t ${MAIN_DIR}*/ | head -1) When I run it I get: ...
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Show sum of file sizes in directory listing

The Windows dir directory listing command has a line at the end showing the total amount of space taken up by the files listed. For example, dir *.exe shows all the .exe files in the current ...
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What are all possible letters for Unix file permissions?

I'm trying to write a regular expression to match Unix file permissions returned by ls -l command. Here I found that all possible letters for the first field are d,c,l,p,s,b,D. Now, what are all ...
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Using find to list all files under certain directory

I'm trying to use a single line command that will find every directory (or sub-directory) named bin and will then print a list of all the files under it, but will not also list the directory names ...
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What does the option -C achieve in ls output?

In the man pages it says: -C list entries by columns However, I really cannot notice any difference between the output of ls or ls -C, could someone explain this to me?
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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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stat: print time in “long-iso” format

For my script, I would like to have stat command to print time in a nice, human friendly, way: 2015-02-04 00:48:31. ls calls this format long-iso and it can be used like this: $ ls -lA ...
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Controlling what files to display

I recently changed my emacs config to hide backup files by prepending a dot to the file name. This got me to thinking - is there a ready way to change the behavior within Bash to use a list of ...
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What is the command to find the read/write permissions for a single file?

I know that ls -l lists the permissions of every file in a directory but what is the command if I want to see the permissions of just a specific file?
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recursive 'ls' giving absolute filenames

When I do 'ls -R' in a directory, I get something like ./dir1 dir2 file1.txt file2.txt ./dir1/dir2 file3.txt file4.txt but I would like a command that gives me ./dir1/file1.txt ./dir1/file2.txt ...
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Difference between ls -l and ll?

I'm relatively new to programming as a whole and some tutorials have been telling me to use ls -l to look at files in a directory and others have been saying ll. I know that ls is a short list, but ...
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list folders and their content

I'd need a file reporting for each folder the content and the name of the folder itself. If I do ls -l * I have (this is just a subset of hundreds of folders) ...
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ls content of a directory ignoring symlinks

I have a directory in which I would like to list all the content (files and sub directories) without showing the symbolic links. I am using GNU utilities on Linux. The ls version is 8.13. Example: ...
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dircolors: modify color settings globaly

I understand ls uses dircolors to display colored output. dircolors has default database of colors associated with file extensions, which can be printed wiht the command dircolors --print-database ...
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Change the way folders are displayed in terminal [duplicate]

I moved over from Xubuntu to Fedora. In a colored Xubuntu terminal the folders appear in bold blue wheras in Fedora they appear as normal blue. I'm familiar with ANSI codes for colors and style but ...
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Human-readable ls output under AIX?

How can I get human-readable ls output under AIX? There is no -h parameter
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Why does “ls | wc -l” show the correct number of files in current directory? [duplicate]

Trying to count number of files in current directory, I found ls -1 | wc -l, which means: send the list of files (where every filename is printed in a new line) to the input of wc, where -l will count ...
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How to determine if a soft link's target is a directory or a file?

Given the ll command outputs as follows #> ll lrwxrwxrwx ... How to determine if a soft link's target is a directory or a file from "lrwxrwxrwx"?
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Appending works without >> when redirecting standard output and error

I have a file test.txt and have no file named test. When I tried ls test test.txt > new 2>new I was expecting new to be overwritten since >> is not used. But in the output file I got ...
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In a Bash if condition, how to check whether any files matching a simple wildcard expression exist?

Stupidly, I had been using a condition like this as part of a script: if [ $(ls FOO* 2> /dev/null) ] # if files named "FOO*" were downloaded then echo "Files found" # ... process and ...
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How to ls without recursive

I am trying to ls some files with a pattern in a directory. I only want to scan the first level not recursive. My script: for i in $(ls $INCOMINGDIR/*$BUSSINESSDATE*) do echo $i; done Above ...
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Why does ls display a non-existing file?

I want to list all the files whose name begins with uppercase: [root@localhost /]# ls /usr/bin/[[:upper:]]* /usr/bin/AtoB /usr/bin/GenIssuerAltNameExt /usr/bin/PKCS12Export ...
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Change file timestamp and display hour instead of year with ls

I want to change a file's date to tomorrow 21:00. I used touch, but when I type ls -l the year of the file is displayed instead of the hour. -rw-r--r-- 1 ABCD DEF 0 sept. 30 2014 test01 -r-xr-xr-x ...
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How can I list hidden directories, then directories, then hidden files and finally files with ls?

I'm trying to figure out how to list the contents of a directory in the following group order: Hidden directories Non-hidden directories All other hidden files (including regular files, symlinks, ...
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What uses Linux “application memory”?

Just for fun, I wanted to watch what ls -lR / does to my "buffers" memory on a Linux system. As expected, the value increased. But I noticed that the "application memory" (i.e. "used" - (buffers + ...
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Pipe to `ls` Not Working as Expected [duplicate]

When I issue: [dave@dhost ~]$ which tar | ls -l I get the output of ls -l of the pwd. I expected to get: -rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 395472 Feb 21 2013 /bin/tar Why doesn't the pipe work as I ...
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List files from time X to time Y

How to list out all files created between from 'x' to 'y' time? I want to list out files created between "29-dec-2014 18:00" to "30-dec-2014 18:00". Using ls or stat?
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How to inspect the contents of /dev/sdt?

I have what I hope is not a huge problem, but could end up being a very large problem. For some context, I mistakenly ran this command on my 27'' iMac: sudo dd if=ubuntu-rescue.img of=/dev/sdt ...
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GNU ls long listing without permissions/mode bit

Is it possible to make GNU ls omit permissions/mode bits in long listing? If not, is there an alternative, practical and commonly available program that is more flexible?
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Disable of coloring for ls on NTFS filesystems

I like to have the output of ls colored so I quickly can spot files of specific types, however I have a separate disk in my computer which uses a ntfs-3g filesystem, this means that everything has ...
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ls option to cancel '-h'

I aliased ll to ls -alh. Is there an option to cancel the -h temporarily, so I can do ll -? instead of ls -al?
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How can I list LS_COLORS in colour?

I recall that eval "dircolors -b" used to display the colours that LS_COLORS was using, based on the file types or extensions. It was not simply the colour values that were displayed but the colours ...
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ls --color=auto (dir colors) not working in one directory

I changed ownership of a folder to provide restricted access to some users (it previously was only visible to root) and after that, all files are now one color (bright green) and directories are blue. ...
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How to create a file name for the pipeline to delete all files?

So I want to delete all files in my current directory using the following pipeline: ls | sed -rn 's/(.*)\.jpg$/mv -n & \1.jpeg/pi' | sh How to create a file, named so that running the above ...
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Number of files in a directory starting with specific text

How to get count of files in a directory starting with specific text like dataxxx.csv
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only show the source file and target linked file using `ls`

I can show the target file that a link points to using ls -l: snowch$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mvn lrwxr-xr-x 1 snowch admin 29 12 Dec 08:58 /usr/local/bin/mvn -> ../Cellar/maven/3.2.3/bin/mvn Is ...
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List files that do not begin with a specific prefix

I need to list only the files in a directory that do NOT begin with qc_dl, qc_dt or qd_df, but that also DO end in .sas. I can list the files that do not begin with "qc_dl" as such: ls -I "qc_dl*" ...
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How to report number of files in all subdirectories?

I need to inspect all sub-directories and report how many files (without further recursion) they contain: directoryName1 numberOfFiles directoryName2 numberOfFiles
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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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How can I capture two columns of ls output in a bash script

I want to create a script to delete any directories with numeric groups. What I have so far captures and analyzes the group: #!/bin/bash re='^[0-9]+$' for x in `/usr/bin/ls -l /var/indexes | sort ...
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What does “>” do vs “>>”? [duplicate]

I am currently doing preparation for my GCSE computing controlled assessment on Linux. I type ls > list and ls >> list into the command line, but it does not do anything. I have googled it ...