The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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List files larger than {size} sorted by date

I want to solve the problem 'list the top 10 most recent files in the current directory over 20MB'. With ls I can do: ls -Shal |head to get top 10 largest files, and: ls -halt |head to get top ...
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Symbolic links with ls, mv: forcing the functions to utilize “logical” addresses (remembering the original path)

It seems that for many basic functions operating on symbolic links, the physical path is used by default. However, cd works fine. When moving into a symbolic link, cd remembers where I came from so it ...
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Find/ls caching

It seems as though the first time I run find or ls on a directory, it takes a while to work. But, each time thereafter, it is fast, as though a list of the directory's contents has been cached or ...
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Alphabetizing names in `ls` alias with .files not intermingled

I am currently using the following ls alias: alias ls='ls -alhGkpsq --color=auto'. This results in following directory listing. [03:35] bryson@brys ~ :$ ls total 48K 4.0K drwx------ 4 bryson 4.0K ...
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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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ls command operating differently depending on recipient

How does commands like ls know what its stdout is? It seems ls is operating different depending on what the target stdout is. For example if I do: ls /home/matt/tmp the result is: a.txt b.txt ...
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What does 'l' in file metadata mean

When we type ls -l, we get meta data regarding all the objects in the current directory. The meta data has 10 dashes and the 1st dash indicates if the object is a directory or file or a link d ...
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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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How can I do the equivalent of tail -f with ls? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to follow a command (run repeatedly)? as one would follow a file using tail -f? I would like to monitor files that are being downloaded to a directory in ...
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Something's special about /dev/fd/3

I've been trying to learn about file descriptors. When I type "ls -l /dev/fd/" I get lrwx------ 1 me users 64 May 2 16:02 0 -> /dev/pts/5 l-wx------ 1 me users 64 May 2 16:02 1 -> ...
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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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Argument list too long for ls

I get the following error when trying to ls *.txt | wc -l a directory that contains many files: -bash: /bin/ls: Argument list too long Does the threshold of this "Argument list" dependent on distro ...
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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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How do regular expressions differ from wildcards used to filter files

While we use * to denote zero or more previous characters in grep, we use *.c to find all C files when we use it with the ls command like ls *.c. Could someone tell how the use of * differs in these ...
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Number of lines outputted by ls

When ls is called, it outputs all the files/directories in the current directory, attempting to fit as many as possible on each line. Why is it that when passed to wc -l, it outputs the number of ...
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`ls` command does not list latest directory contents

The Linux shell does not print up-to-date information when it comes to ls. For example I use my other processes (IDEs etc) to create some directories. However when I run an ls command I don't see ...
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Tell if a folder/file is hidden in Mac OS X

I know you can set or unset the hidden flag of a folder/file by doing chflags hidden foo.txt and chflags nohidden foo.txt. But is there anyway of telling whether the folder/file is currently hidden ...
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How to list ALL directories according to their size? [without including the parent directory]

I have a bunch of random folders, some of them are hidden (beginning with a period). I want to list all of them, sorted by their sizes. I have something on the lines of this in mind: ls -d -1 -a */ ...
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What does “command1 -> command2” indicate in results from my ls -al?

when I do a ls -al in /usr/sfw/bin I see: make -> gmake What does this indicate? Is this a symbolic link? I've googled and have not found the answer to this question.
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ls on device without mounting it

Is it possible to run ls on a device without mounting it first? Something like this: # ls /dev/sda1
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linux + how to ignore (filter) file with space

Sometimes a file name is created from a couple of names and space between each name as the following: $ touch "A B C" $ ls A B C <-- one file but has three words ! ...
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Get the complement of the result of an ls command

Let's say I have a directory with multiple files, all of which are either binary files (files with no declared extensions) and source files (.c extension). I do this: $ ls and get: README.md ...
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List any file ending with .in and corresponding .out with shell script

I have a directory full of files ending with different extensions, how would I list/select only the files ending with .in and corresponding .out that share the same basename? e.g. file1.txt file1.in ...
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file $(ls /usr/bin/* | grep zip) command gives me errors. What's wrong?

I'm a total noob when it comes to unix/linux commands and I decided to read a book. I've reached a chapter where they try to explain how to pass the output of commands as expansions to the shell. ...
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Sorting files according to size recursively

how to scan a folder recursively and find the largest files in the folder, and sort them by size. I have tried using ls -R -S but it tends to list the directories as well I need to scan the folders ...
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Tmux eclipsed colorized output of ls

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04, and when I use the Terminal I get colored filenames from ls. But inside tmux, everything ls prints is white. I know my tmux supports color, though, because I get color ...
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Sort files by modification time

I've seen many questions and answers here using a construction along the lines of list_dir=`ls -t /path/to/dir/` for i in $list_dir; do or ls -t | while read i; do Now, I know that you shouldn't ...
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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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how to use grep for specific files?

for example I type ls -altr | grep "23 Dec" so it will show files for 23 Dec only and I want to use grep for them, like ls -altr | grep "23 Dec" | xargs grep -l "some_string" but this doesn't ...
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What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits

What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits? Using ls with a command like this : ls -l | wc –l *[0-9][0-9]
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'ls -l' file timestamp format

When I issue the command: ls -l The file/directory modification timestamp column (specifically the month part) is displayed in the native language of the country I'm based in instead of English. ...
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Pass colors from ls through pipe to awk 'print' statement

This is a follow-up to my question from yesterday, Show sum of file sizes in directory listing. Thanks to Zero Piraeus and a point in the right direction by Mauritz Hansen, I now have function ...
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what is total in the output of ls command [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ls command: what does the first line mean? I have an empty directory.I am using following command to view the contents of that directory. ls -lart The output I get is ...
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How can I use `find` and sort the results by mtime?

I want to use find but sort the results reverse chronologically as with ls -ltr. Is this possible through any combo of flags or pipelines?
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copying device nodes

I'm trying to transfer a working Linux installation to a new larger disk, so I've attached the new disk on a USB port, partitioned it and created filesystems. While copying all the files over I hit a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Using OR patterns in shell wildcards

Contents of my dir are $ ls -lrt total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 19 Oct 8 12:31 night.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 19 Oct 8 12:31 noon.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 user1 admin 38 Oct 8 12:31 day.txt I ...
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List of Recently Modified Files

How can I Get a list of all files modified , say 3 months ago. I checked this question but I was not able to apply it to my scenario. I am trying this now , it seems to be working , but I know there ...
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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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How can I stop ls from descending into directories, similar to prune for find?

If I type ls *ro* I also get files in subdirectories that match the *ro* pattern. Is there any option for ls similar to prune? Ideally a flag, otherwise perhaps an exec?
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List all files / binaries in current PATH

Is there an "easy" way of running an "ls -la" style command for listing all files / executable binaries in the current PATH? (I intend to pipe the output into grep, for looking for commands with ...
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List subdirectories only n level deep

Festival stores voicepack data in the following example directory structure: /usr/share/festival/voices/<language>/<voicepack name> What is the simplest one-liner (preferably using ls) ...
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How can I concatenate a single column of output into a list?

I'm using: ls /proc | grep -v "^[0-9].*" to get a list of all the files and directories in /proc that don't begin with numbers. The output is a single column list, i.e.: acpi asound buddyinfo bus ...
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How to search and replace text in all php-files in a directory and it's subdirectories

I am looking for a shell script that recursively traverses all .php files in a directory and performs a search & replace of a particular text pattern. The search pattern is quite long ( > 5000 ...
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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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+ 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 ...