The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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How to ls using the long format (-l) while still following directory symlinks?

I've noticed that ls -l doesn't only change the formatting of the output, but also how directory symlinks are handled: > ls /rmn biweekly.sh daily.sh logs ... > ls -l /rmn lrwxrwxrwx 1 root ...
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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 output only file names (with spaces) in ls -Al?

I should echo only names of files or directories with this construction: ls -Al | while read string do ... done ls -Al output : drwxr-xr-x 12 s162103 studs 12 march 28 12:49 personal ...
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How do I copy the latest file from one directory to another?

I have 3 zip files in a directory. I want to copy the most recent version to a backup directory. My code works fine for .sh and other files, but not for .zip. Is there something else I have to do? ...
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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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Linux Bash Scripting Issue with Wildcard

I'm having issues with what I imagine should be a simple bash command I'm basically just trying to loop through a bunch of files and get there names `ls ./*.sql` # list all files ...
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How to distinguish between output of numerous similar commands

Say I am issuing ls -la in a directory that has hundreds if not thousands of files, then changing to another directions and issuing ls -la. I then need to scroll up to see what files are in the most ...
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Get the latest directory (not the latest file)

My folder parent has the following content: A.Folder B.Folder C.File It has both folders and files inside. B.Folder is newer. Now I just want to get B.Folder, how could I achieve this? I tried ...
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How do I find the inode of any directory?

There is literally nothing on google that I can find that will help me answer this question. I presume it is passing some other parameter to ls -i?
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How to list only the last line of each directory?

I learned thanks to you, how to display only the last line of a listing,e.g. ls -ltr | sed '$!d' Now I thought, how to combine it with the find command, in order to repeat this onto each directory ...
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Why are files and directories colored in different ways? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu 14.04, in bash under gnome terminal, Why are files especially directories colored in different ways? The green colors hide the text to me (How about to you?). Is it done by terminal or ...
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How to display only the last line of a listing ?

Supposed I make a listing and sort the files by its temporal attribute: ls -ltr -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:10 foo1 -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla 4096 Feb 01 20:12 foo2 . . . -rwxrwxrwx 1 bla bla ...
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du and ls commands reporting wrong directory size

I'm used to the du command. I often use it with -h option. I report the result in a text file which I use to track space consumers. But I was wondered today to see a directory being reported as using ...
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How to list files on terminal so that we can see the file types such executable, ascii etc?

I have been trying to list files in directory using ls and passing it different options. Does it have the ability to list types of files as well ? I want to know which ones are executable , ...
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Failed to list directory contents: process waits infinitely

I use Linux Mint 13, and sometimes (rarely) I find myself not being able to list my home directory contents. When I try to do so: $ cd $ ls then, ls just waits indefinitely. The same with any other ...
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What does the @ symbol mean on filenames [duplicate]

When I do an ls in the /proc/PID directory a number of @ symbols show up next to the file names. Normally I would consider this to mean extended attributes but when I do the long form of ls they do ...
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Question marks instead of national letters in console

I have Netgear Stora MS2000 (which uses a modified version of Red Hat) and have strange font issues while connecting by SSH. Note that this occurs both when connecting by PuTTY from Windows and by ...
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Solaris 11.2 extended permissions shown by ls

I have a file that shows up as having extended file permissions. ls -V /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver rwx------ 1 root root 53 Dec 2 21:52 ...
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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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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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BASH: looping through ls [duplicate]

I'm having trouble with this piece of code: 22 for filename in "$( ls "$1" | grep ".*\.flac$" )"; do 23 file_path="$1${filename}" 24 ffmpeg -i "${file_path}" -f ...
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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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*ls* font differences between files and folders with “--color” option

I have recently switched to urxvt from xterm for better unicode support and it does much better as to the font fallback. However I find an interesting issue: names of files and folders are rendered ...
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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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No such file or directory but I can see it!

I'm trying to run a python script, on a headless Raspberry PI using winSCP and get the following error message: Command '"./areadetect_movie_21.py"' failed with return code 127 and error message ...
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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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“ls” in directory outputs “No such file or directory” for some files

I cd to a directory that has a large number of files, 40,948 to be exact. When I issue ls it takes a long time and before the command finally prints the results to the screen it tells me "ls: cannot ...
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getting ? in permissions when running ll/ls command

I am trying to remove a folder and I am getting rm: cannot remove ‘...' when running the ll command I am getting : > ll ./folder/ ls: cannot access ./folder: Input/output error total 64 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...