The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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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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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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ls list files not matching given string in filename

I have a directory in which lots of files (around 200) with the name temp_log.$$ are created with several other important files which I need to check. How can I easily list out all the files and ...
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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 to sort results from ls command by modification date (directories first)?

I can fire ls -lrt to get files and folders sorted by modification date, but this does not separate directories from files. I want ls to show me first directories by modification date and then ...
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What do the symbols displayed by ls -F mean?

I noticed that if I run ls -F on a directory, some of the entries have a * or a @ after them. spuder@ubuntu:~$ ls -F /sbin acpi_available* getpcaps* lvmconf* ntfscp* ...
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How to set what field names are displayed in listings?

When I execute a command in Ubuntu, which results in a listing, I get results without the field names. Example is ls -l or ps l. I am not very experienced and always need to go digging through man ...
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How can a group own a file?

Whe I do ls -l, two of the fields are username of the owner and name of the owning group. The username is clear - I created the file, it is mine. However the group entry confuses me. My user is a ...
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List a directory but only if it contains sub-directories?

In Unix, is it possible to use one command ONLY to list directories if they contain a sub-directory? For example, I would like to list the directory name if it contains a sub-directory called ...
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How to disable flashing file names in rlogin

I have a strange problem with my rhel 6.4 system. If I do a rlogin to any of my machines, all the files in the remore machine will be flashing and it is so annoying. Can somebody please tell me how ...
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Using regex in ls and mv

I have a directory structure like this ├── UK │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.png │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.svg │   ├── BuyBand_K.png │   ├── BuyBand_K.svg │   ├── BuyBago_UK.png │   ├── BuyBago_UK.svg │   ├── ...
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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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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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The result of echo * and echo .*

Thereotically, the result of command echo * should be "Any file in the current directory". Should it include the dotfile? Similarly, Should the result of ls * include the dotfile?
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why does ls -d also list files, and where is it documented?

when specifying ls --directory a* it should list only directories starting with a* BUT it lists files AND directories starting with a Questions: where might I find some documentation on this, ...
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Cheapest way to find the oldest file (recursively) from a directory under heavy load

What is the least expensive way to find the oldest file in a directory, including all directories underneath. Assume directory is backed by SAN and under heavy load. There is concern that "ls" could ...
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ls should display contents of flat directory structure in columns

I've got the a flat directory structure like this. ├── kanban │   ├── 1_backlog │   ├── 2_analyze │   ├── 3_doing │   ├── 4_test │   ├── 5_approval │   └── 6_done Each directory contains text ...
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MacOsx - Shell - list all .php files and their octal permissions, inside a specifc folder

is it possible to list all the ".php" files located into a direcotry and their octal permissions? I would like to list them like this: 775 /folder/file.php 644 /folder/asd/file2.php etc...
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How to “mute” ls command?

Suppose I do a recursive ls $ ls -R on the root directory. I get a lot of messages like these - ls: cannot open directory ./var/lib/sendmail: Permission denied ls: cannot open directory ...
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What does ll alias to?

ll is a common alias in many linux distros. How can you tell what it aliases to? I've tried checking my .bashrc, but I am not able tell what ll is equivalent to.
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List only files in a directory and show the inode number

How can I list all files but not directories in a given directory and show the inode-numbers. Something like ls -li | grep ^- does not work since the inode number is shown in the beginning of the ...
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What does `l` mean in an `ls` listing?

When I run ls -adl .* in one of my directories, I get a file that has this listing: lrwxrwxrwx 1 user group 43 Jul 3 16:25 .#filename.py -> person@computer.edu.4018:1372874769 The filename ...
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Unix Command to return all files that end with single digit and TXT extension

Which command returns all files that end with a single digit and have the TXT extension ?
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How to delete directory ' :q!'? [duplicate]

Accidentally, i have got this directory created in my home, drwxr-xr-x 2 ubuntu ubuntu 4.0K 2012-09-06 07:27 :q!/ I want to remove this somehow. I have tried using escape characters in double ...
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Moving folders used wrong syntax and lost them

I thought I was being smart trying to move a folder to one level up by going: mv folder .newfolder and neglecting to even put: mv folder .newfolder/folder and anyway it didn't put up an error but ...
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Directories are listed twice

I have something odd. I creates some directories using a very simple script : ... create all directories ( running under a user that has the correct rights ) e.g : mkdir -p ...
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wc - setting a terminating character

I've got that far: wc --files0-from=FILE lets one get the word count of a list of files. Each entry in this list mus be terminated with an ASCII NUL character. Question: A way to set a terminating ...
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syntax of ls --hide= and ls --ignore=

ls --hide and ls --ignore provides the possibility leave out files defined through regular expressions set after the --ignore= part. The latter makes sure that this option isn't turned off via -a, -A. ...
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ls command - define number of columns

Is there a way to define the number of columns in ls output? I got this far: ls -C sorts in columns and ls -1 produces one column. --tabsize = option to produce two columns resulted in what looks ...
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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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ls gives me different sort orders during a cron job

I have a cron job that, among other things, does a recursive ls of a directory into a file. This gets compared to another file that I've created that, supposedly, contains an identical listing of the ...
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Excluding a specific directory using a recursive 'ls'

I've been using the following command to list the most recently updated files (recursively) within a specific directory and order by modification time: $ stat --printf="%y %n\n" $(ls -tr $(find * ...
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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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Why are reboot, shutdown and poweroff symlinks to systemctl?

In Arch Linux, if I do ls -l in /sbin, I can see that reboot, shutdown and poweroff are all symlinks to /usr/bin/systemctl. But issuing reboot, shutdown and systemctl commands obviously does not all ...
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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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Linux listing files between two date without touch command

I need a command which will list the files between given date and time (YYYYMMDDHHMMSS - format) in to a text file. I don want to use touch command as its creating permission issue. I am new to this ...
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Why aren't CD image files listed when mounted in current directory?

When mounting a disk image in the current directory using : sudo mount -o loop -t iso9660 wall.iso ./ Listing files in current directory only returns wall.iso . To view the actual files on the disk ...
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ACL, ls, “permission denied” and a lot of questionmarks

I have two users, Alice and Bob. Bob should be allowed to list, ls, Alice's home directory. Alice also has a file in her home directory that Bob should also be allowed to read. I run these commands ...
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What is the number between file permission and owner in ls -l command output?

The output of ls -l command yields the following result: What is the number field between file permission and owner? i.e. what are those 1, 1, 1, and 2? I checked the --help but that doesn't ...
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cd and ls in the same call [duplicate]

I often have to cd to a directory and ls to see the directory listing. Can it be done with one shot, so that I can add to .bashrc as alias. I searched on Google, there were some answers, but ...
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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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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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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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When you type “ls -a”, what is the significance of “.” and “..”?

Whenever you type ls -a into the command prompt, you usually get all of your folders, files, and then you see that the first two entries are . and .. Just curious, but what is the significance of ...
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List all files with the same inode number?

Lets say, when I do ls -li inside a directory, I get this: 12353538 -rw-r--r-- 6 me me 1650 2013-01-10 16:33 fun.txt As the output shows, the file fun.txt has 6 hard links; and the inode number is ...
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sort ls output by users

On Linux, is there a way to sort ls output by users? What I try to achieve is something like this: user_a   file1 user_a   file2 user_b   another_file user_c   this_file user_c ...
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ls -ld /dir, Solaris [duplicate]

Always when I run ls -ld /dir the output give me the size = 512 even if there are files in it or not. but when I run du -sh the output give me the actual size of the directory including its content.
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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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Can I `ls` all files in a directory from “1”, “2”,…,“9”, “10”, “11”, …, “20”, “21”, …?

I have a directory with files named "1", "2",...,"9", "10", "11", ..., "20", "21", ... inside. Can I list them in the order of "1", "2",...,"9", "10", "11", ..., "20", "21", ...? I have tried ls ...
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Which option of ls should be used for understanding metadata changes?

How can one find the latest time of metadata changes to a file? Let's say I changed the ownership of a file and then I did ls -l. It still shows the latest file changes. But I want to see the time ...