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The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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Understanding ls -l output

When I run ls -lrt command on a Unix folder , I get the following output MyServer> ls -lrt total 10 drwxr-x--- 3 UnixUser other 512 Jul 22 2011 FolderA lrwxrwxrwx 1 UnixUser other ...
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ls for cut -f string not working

I have a problem with feeding cut output to ls. This doesn't work: rep="S1_1000,0000-00-00c,0000-00-00d,0000-00-00e" ls tab_yeast/{`echo $rep | cut -f2- -d','`}*.tab.gz ls: cannot access ...
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Linux ls wrong date format

I try to find why when I do the command ls or whatever ls -la the column format is wrong with date. It should be like that: -rw-r--r-- 1 johndoe johndoe 55 janv. 26 2011 not like that : ...
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Very strange ls > textfile problem when viewing with emacs

I want to list the components of the current working directory in a text file ls -1 > textfile Output looks fine with more. 1010661085645 1010729039145 1010747080245 1010849051345 ...
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ls: show file size with thousand separator [duplicate]

Is there some simple way to make ls display the file size number with thousand (and million, billion, ...) separator? A sample output should look like this: $ ls -lAF /bin/ -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root ...
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Use of ls with wc command

What does the command : ls | wc -l do? I know wc <filename> gives lines, words, and characters, and wc -l <filename> print the line count. But how it is being used with ls` ...
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Is there a reason why ls does not have a --zero or -0 option

This question was prompted by questions about ls' -1 option and the recurring tendency of people to ask question and answers that includes processing the output of ls. This reuse of the output ls ...
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Where is “showing the output of the 'ls' command vertically” documented?

I found out it's possible to show the output of the ls command vertically using the -1 switch: $ ls -1 But couldn't find it in the manual of ls. Is it a secret option?
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Display full ISO time in OSF1

I am working on an HP OSF1 (Tru64) based server and need to display file listings with the full-iso time format style. Example of this in Ubuntu Linux, user@hostname:~/Desktop$ ls -lrt --full-time ...
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ls -l --group-directories-first (act on symlinks as well)

ls option --group-directories-first causes directories to be listed on the top, which makes the output of ls nice and clean: ls -l --group-directories-first However, it does not act on symlinks, ...
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Include colouring in GNU ls time-style

I know, I can specify custom time format for ls like this ls -lAF --time-style="+ %Y-%b-%d %H:%M:%S" --color=always but I would like to "smuggle in" colors inside the time format. For example, I ...
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Count number of characters per listed filename

Given the following ls result: $ ls Desktop Documents Downloads Music Pictures Public Templates Videos This will give the total number of characters for all files: $ ls | wc -m 67 But how ...
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Preserving color output with cut

Using bash interactively I am trying to use cut to prevent the lines from going longer than my terminal width. But when using a command with colorized output all the color gets removed by cut. For ...
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Why does “ls” require a separate process for executing?

Why does ls require a separate process for its execution? I know the reason why commands like cd can't be executed by forking mechanism but is there any harm if ls is executed without forking?
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dot instead of comma as thousand separator

I read about --blocksize for ls to get a thousands separator. However my computer gives me dot (.) and not comma (,): $ ls -l --block-size="'1" total 11.893.190.656 -rw------- 1 carlah users ...
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= sign at the end of .sock files in the ls output

I'm running the zsh shell in emacs. When I run ls I get a = at the end of .sock files. What does the = mean? Is it unique to unix sockets?
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How to turn off color with `ls`?

It is normally nice to have color output from ls, grep, etc. But when you don't want it, is there a switch that can turn it off? ls -G turns it on (with BSD-derived versions of ls) if it's not the ...
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Differing outputs of the commands “ls .*” and “ls *.”

The command ls .* when run gives as output the following : All the files in the current directory starting with a . (hidden files) All the files in the hidden directories present in the ...
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What does the “@” (at) symbol mean on OSX ls? [duplicate]

When I check permission of less files from the command line on my Snow Leopard OSX system using Bash I see -rw-r--r--@ for certain files and for others I just see -rw-r--r-- What does the @ mean here? ...
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ls recursive on home dir only with no flags specfied other than color [closed]

Like the topic says whenever I am in my home directory and run ls it shows me every file in every folder recursively, I cannot find any documentation of why this would happen, I have been looking on ...
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ls with find :: report total size

I am trying to get the total size of files satisfying a find, e.g.: ls $(find -maxdepth 2 -type f) However, this kind of invocation of ls does not produce the total size as well.
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What do the fields in ls -al output mean?

The ls -al command shows the following output; -rwxrw-r-- 10 root root 2048 Jan 13 07:11 afile.exe What are all the fields in the preceding display?
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`ls` behavior on EACCES error for /root and /root/some-rubbish

I'm trying to code a clone of the ls command as part of a school exercise. I'm wondering why the following output is displayed by ls: $> ls -- -test_dir /root /root/some-rubbish ls: ...
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List a directory, including subdirectories, with file count and cumulative size

Is there a way to list out the content of a directory including subdirectories with a file count and cumulative size? I would like to see: Number of directories Number of sub directories number of ...
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Sorting with command ls in unix (ksh) [closed]

I'm wondering how does the sort works with ls. For example: ls - lrt tri par date ls - lSr par size, ... However I don't see how this pattern works.
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What could be the use case of changing modified time of a file to the future?

I was reading through the man page of ls on UNIX, specifically OS X Mavericks. This got me intrigued: If the modification time of the file is more than 6 months in the past or future, then the ...
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What does a dot after the file permission bits mean?

I performed an ls -la on directory on my CentOS 6.4 server here and the permissions for a given file came out as: -rwxr-xr-x. I understand what -rwxr-xr-x means, what I don't understand is the . ...
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why ls reports a huge file and du does not?

When I run arm-none-eabi-objcopy -O binary add.elf add.bin everything seems to be ok. But, later when I run ls -lh add.bin add.elf this is the output I received: -rw-r--r-- 1 david david 2,6G nov 23 ...
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ls *.* gives: “*.*: No such file or directory” message [duplicate]

I'm using Linux app-server 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.41-2+deb7u2 x86_64 GNU/Linux. When I go to a directory with several files named name1.php, name1.html, name2.php, etc. and type: $ sudo ls ...
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How do I columnate a list of items with minimal width?

How do I columnate any uncollumnated input like ls does? ls is creating an optimized table with minimum width for each row, for example: ls 2 dsao file with space with 5 e g ...
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List only file size and name and symlinks

When I use ls -lah I get lots of information for each file. How can I get only the name and filesize? Additionally I would like to keep the listing of symlinks with the arrow like lrwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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When issuing ls in the /etc/ directory, I get “ls: reading directory .: Input/output error”

I have a Windows running a CentOS6 (32-bit) on a VMWare virtual machine. I am attemping to install a single-node Cloudera Hadoop according to these instructions. At one point I was asked to issue ...
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How do I echo just 1 column of output from ls command?

Lets say when I do ls command the output is: file1 file2 file3 file4 Is it possible to display only a certain column of output, in this case file2? I have tried the following with no success: echo ...
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How can the number of files in a directory be determined by viewing “ls -ld” output? [duplicate]

The command has to be ls -ld Just from viewing the output of this, how can I determine how many files are in this directory?
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Why does a new directory have a hard link count of 2 before anything is added to it?

Say I just create directory newDirectory and then I do ls -ld command. I see that the number of hard links is 2. What exactly makes the hard link 2 from the start? Also is the number of subdirectories ...
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How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from ls -ld command? [closed]

How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from the output of using ls -ld command? I realize that this command only lists the directories.
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How can I for example list five largest files in /usr/lib -directory?

How can I for example list five largest files in /usr/lib directory? Please also add some minor explanation for each bit of code that you are using.
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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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Using `ls` recursively without -R

I am trying write a shell script that has output similar to ls -R without using the option -R. This is part of a programming assignment that forbids me from using -R, find and du. I need to identify ...
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How to hide file size using ls command

I need to list some files in a directory using the ls command, but I need to also to hide the file sizes. How can I do that with the ls command?
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How to use `ls` to group and show only a first word of directory name?

I want to define a new ls command to do something like this The first when i use ordinary ls command: $ls undergrade.AI undergrade.KDD undergrade.AI2 undergrade.micro ...
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How to inspect group permissions of a file

I would like to inspect group permissions of a file from a bash script. Specifically, I need to check whether a file has the group writeable bit on. That's it. Simple as that. However: I also need ...
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How can I list all files and symlinks in a compact view?

This is my setup in /tmp/test/ if I use ls -l -rw-r--r-- 1 rubo77 rubo77 0 Okt 21 04:15 a -rw-r--r-- 1 rubo77 rubo77 2 Okt 21 04:16 b drwxr-xr-x 2 rubo77 rubo77 4,0K Okt 21 03:58 c ...
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What does * next to the file name mean in the output of ls? [duplicate]

I have a doubt related the output of ll command. When, in my shell, I execute the ll command I obtain this output: -rwxrwxr-x 1 andrea andrea 104215 ott 15 15:56 atmosfs* Why I have the * next to ...
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zsh alias being overridden somehow

I'm on a system running OS X 10.8.5. I recently tried to alias ls to ls -G -la command. I opened up ~/.zshrc, put in the alias, relaunched the terminal, but the change didn't take effect. Upon ...
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make ls display current date and time

I'm new to Linux and I'd like ls to display current date and time as a side effect every time I use ls. How do I go about changing what a command does?
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dircolors: rules for _ext (rather than .ext)

In UNIX, many file extensions do not contain the dot in front, as in bashrc rather than bash.rc or ssh_config rather than ssh.config I would like to add dircolor rules for _config as well. However, ...
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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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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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Excluding . and .. from results in find and ls

Is there any way to prevent find and ls -l from listing . and .. in their results? I never care about seeing this result in the output, and it prevents me from effectively piping their output to wc -l ...