The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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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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Why doesn't my loop over the output of ls work?

I am trying to feed Directory names into a for loop. My code is as follows: td='/Test/TopDir/' cd "$td" for x in $(ls -d */ | cut -f1 -d'/'); do echo x=$x done The top directory I run this on ...
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“Other” permissions on files

To my understanding, the last three character of file permission printed by ls command is about other user's file permission. If the other user"s" have separate file permissions to this file, what ...
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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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GeeXbox ls shows no date?

Recently, I tried connecting to my GeeXbox via WinSCP but got an error indicating the output of ls could not be parsed. Apparently, my ls does not include a time stamp! What might be the cause and ...
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How to list files starting with “a” or “c” from /etc.

I tried ls /etc/[ac]* but it shows directories starting with a or c, and their entire contents, not the files starting with "a" or "c".
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Why is sorting files by access time not working?

I tried to use command ls --time=atime it was working in one directory but wasn't working in another directory. I opened certain files in vim, evince and other applications but after the command file ...
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How can I shorten an if then else using the [] format

I want to shorten this to a one liner: if ls --version 2>/dev/null | grep -q 'coreutils'; then alias ls='ls --color=always' else alias ls='ls -G' fi I frequently use [] for conditionals, e.g. [ ...
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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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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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`ls` fails for directory copied from Win and OSX [closed]

I'm not able to ls on a folder that I have just transferred from win7 to OSX via a FAT32 drive. I don't know how to search for an answer for this issue. I've attempted the following: sudo chmod ...
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last time file opened

Is it possible to get the time when file was opened last time and sort all files in a directory by those times?
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How to exclude directories from `ls -R` output?

If ls -aR | grep ":$" returns ./.hiddendir2: ./dir1: ./dir3: ./dir3/.hiddendir4: then how can you update the pattern given to grep so that you only get ./dir1: ./dir3: (note that the last ...
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“The entry is a door” in Solaris “ls” man page

I found this in a man page for ls in solaris linux. http://www.unix.com/man-page/opensolaris/1/ls/ What does it mean when it says: D the entry is a door?
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EXT3: If block size is 4K, why does ls -l show file sizes below that?

If you run ls -l on a file that contains one letter, it will list as 2B in size. If your file system is in 4k blocks, I thought it rounded files up to the block size? Is it because ls -l actually ...
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Bash: iterate with variable on the lines of `ls -1` output

In a simple cycle like the following for f in $(ls -1) ; do something done I would like to store each line of the output of ls -1 in the variable f. Is there a way to do this ...
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Leave directory out using ls

I am trying to get a vertical list from ls, that is recursive but leaves a out a single directory called node_modules. I've used: ls -lt -h -R This gets me a very long list that is vertical, human ...
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ls command: how to ignore case without globbing

I use the shopt -s nocaseglob command to ignore case, but it seems like it doesn't work if I use a string without glob. Just a question out of curiosity, is it possible to ignore case without ...
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Is it possible to remove folder prefix from a `ls` command

I am in a bash script and I want to get the list of all files (let say all jar files). I execute the command ls -1 lib/*.jar and I get the output: lib/mylib_1.jar lib/mylib_2.jar ... Is there any ...
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Customize bash to always include a certain parameter

When using the "ls" command, bash prints in the following format: file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 file6 file7 file8 But when given the parameter "-1", it prints: file1 file2 file3 etc... Is there ...
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How to display “human-readable” file sizes in find results?

I'm trying to find all large files on my Centos server. To do that I'm using: find / -maxdepth 10 -size +100000 -ls I tried changing -ls to -lsh but it is not allowed. How can I display these ...
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ls --color: how to color executable hard links?

I created some hardlinks on an NTFS drive, but because of that, they are all executable and colored as executable instead of as hardlinks (regular file with more than one link). I did a test on my ...
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List all chflags file flags?

Is there a way to see a file's flags, such as hidden, schg, etc? I've got an rwxrwxrwx file that I can't edit, and I think a flag might be responsible.
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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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How do I do a ls and then sort the results by date created?

In what order are the dated ordered by? Certainly not alphanumeric order. ls -lt sorts by modification time. But I need creation time.
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Why do ls and hexdump disagree about my file size?

I have a file I created (in vim), for testing purposes (testing UTF-8 output in an SSH client). Odd things, however, are happening to this file. I wondered what bytes were in the file, so I used ...
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File not displayed using vi but visible with command ls -l CD*

I can do an ls -l CD* and see the following output. CDTEST userA RW RW R I am logged in as userA. But if I do an ls -l the file does not appear. If I do vi CDTEST it tries to create a new file ...
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Symbol that will show up first in output of `ls`?

I want a folder called DELETED to be first in my output of ls. Is there a symbol I can add to the front that can cause this? I've tried ^ and - and neither works.
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difference between “ls –alR /” and “ls –alR / &”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "ls –alR /" and "ls –alR / &"? I seem to get the same out put. but the & sign i think should run it in background?
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“ls -lH” not following the link but “ls -lH linktofile” following it

In a directory there is a link to some other file in some other directory. If I give ls -lHh command with no arguments, ls does not resolves the symbolic link but if I give ls -lHh * or ls ...
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The ls command is not working for a directory with a huge number of files

I had a directory which had around 5 million files. When I tried to run the ls command from inside this directory, my system consumed a huge amount of memory and it hung after sometime. Is there an ...
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Want to sort files by update date including sub-directories

I want to sort only files by update dates including sub-directories. I found out ls -lrtR | grep ^-. but it doesn't seem to sort by update dates. And I need to save this list into a file. Is it ...
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Is it possible to have total no. of blocks taken by same files be different on two PCs? [closed]

I used ls -l mysoftware/ on two different machines, each running ubuntu 12.04. But the 'total' returned by this command is different on the two machines. On one machine it is printing 6, and on ...
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What means the s in ls file permissions? [duplicate]

Have a quick question. Please see the below line ls -al -rws---r-x 1 root root 21872 2009-10-13 21:06 prg1 Compared to this -rwx---r-x 1 root root 21872 2009-10-13 21:06 prg2 That first line ...
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meaning of capital S in long ls output [duplicate]

What does this long listing mean? $> ls -l developer.haml -rw-rwSr-- 1 humon apache ...... I know what a usual listing means and I know all about what it means to be read 'r', write 'w', and ...
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Why “ls” doesnt show the file that “find” discovered ?

(New to unix) In ubuntu When I am up in "/" folder i type sudo find . -name .erlang.cookie and the result is ./var/lib/rabbitmq/.erlang.cookie then when I am on the folder - /var/lib/rabbitmq ...
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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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maximum number of files ls can list [duplicate]

Im using a script to delete old file in a directory, but the script kept showing /usr/bin : Argument list too long It turned out the number of files were 40000 and more, So I want to know what is ...
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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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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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Is there a correct way to list the subdirectories of the current directory?

I can find the subdirectories of a directory by ls -d -- */ or ls -l | grep "^d" but both of these seem indirect, and I would imagine that there would be a standard way to find just the ...
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Linux ls to show only filename date and size

How can I use ls in linux to get a listing of filenames date and size only. I don't need to see the other info such as owner or permission. Is this possible?
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What is the Linux equivalent of DOS “dir /s /b filename”?

List all files/dirs in or below the current directory that match 'filename'.
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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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View permission / owner of full directory tree

I remember doing someting like "XXX /home/user/dir/child/file" and it returned the owner and/or permission of: /home /home/user /home/user/dir /home/user/child /home/user/child/file But I don't ...
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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 ...