The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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exit a script if an ls line did not find any match

I am writing this script that have this line: ls -lrt /dir1/dir2/filename*.txt | tail -1 | awk '{print $9}' | read variable What I wanted is to exit the script (without using if-statement) if it ...
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Sorting ls output by time, when there are too many files for a single invocation

I know that I can sort the output of ls by time with the -t option. I know that when I have so many files that they don't fit in a single ls invocation, I can normally use xargs (or find ... -exec ...
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What's the most resource efficient way to count how many files are in a directory?

CentOS 5.9 I came across an issue the other day where a directory had a lot of files. To count it, I ran ls -l /foo/foo2/ | wc -l Turns out that there were over 1 million files in a single ...
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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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Why is Debian's root shell colorless?

Are there any security concerns? What is the best way to enable it?
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Why does ls accept duplicate switches?

I'm curious - is there a difference between ls -l and ls -lllllllllllllllllllllllllllll? The output appears to be the same and I'm confused on why ls allows duplicate switches. Is this a standard ...
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Why is ls command slow to interrupt on NFS directory with lots of files?

I noticed in directories with lots of files on NFS if I do ls * then hit Ctrl-C it can take a while ( say 20 seconds ) before ls comes back. Why? Can ls command be fixed to be more responsive?
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Fine-tune LS_COLORS for directory suffixes?

I’m fine customizing most settings in LS_COLORS. I don’t need help customizing the colors for different file suffixes. What I would like to do is configure special colors for certain directories, ...
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ls command - list files containg speccific string in file name and belong to specific type

I am new to linux. Is it possible for a ls command to return a list of files containing "PRO" in its file name and belong to pli file type. I have researched and identified that ls -c -lt *.PLI will ...
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Which is more efficient, ls or ls -l?

As I understand, the ls command calls getdents, which returns up to x number of directory entries. Are there any other system calls involved? If I run ls -l, are there any more system calls? I am ...
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List files of certain type under a dir?

If you want to list just directories (in the present directory) use ls -d */ What if you want to list just ordinary files, just executable files, or just soft links, or files of any other type? ...
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What are differences between directory order and alphebetic order with `ls`? [duplicate]

What are differences between directory order (-U) and alphabetic order (by default) with ls? They return the same order of a dir's contents to me.
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The -F option for ls

For command ls -F, --classify append indicator (one of */=>@|) to entries Wikipedia says * represents executable and / dir. Regular files are not followed by any of the above ...
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Valgrind /usr/lib files are not regular Linux files

The problem that I encountered today (on an embedded device with Linux) is that some files (specifically, the Valgrind /usr/lib files) are behaving very strange and they are not copy-able with scp ...
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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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-bash: cd: .ssh/: Permission denied

When I type in cd .ssh in terminal, it returns with -bash: cd: .ssh/: Permission denied. Now I cannot add my ssh keys to ssh. When I type ssh-add ~/.ssh/idname it says /Users/Dan/.ssh/idname: ...
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How can I display octal notation of permissions with ls - and can octal represent all permissions? [duplicate]

After looking at the man page for ls on my system and searching Google, I see there IS a hack of way to use awk or perl to show octal permissions when using ls, but with bash is there anything more ...
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Why could the size of the “dot” file “.” exceed 4096?

Today I found an "empty" directory with a size of 4MB. It had no visible contents, so I tried ls -lah. This showed me some hidden files (not very large). Searching for the reason why the directory ...
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Difference between `ls -c` and `ls -t`

What is the difference between -c and -t options for the ls Unix command? And how can I sort by date of creation with the ls command?
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Find the owner of a directory or file, but only return that and nothing else

I am looking for a command that will return the owner of a directory and only that--such as a regex parsing the ls -lat command or something similar? I want to use the result in another script.
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dircolors “missing second token”

I'd like to customize the colors of ls and as far as I understand the way to go is with dircolors. I did: dircolors > ~/.dircolors Immediately after this I launch a terminal and get this error: ...
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ls command: what does the first line mean?

When I do ls -l I get this: calico@A000505:~/Documentos$ ls -l total 2020 -rwxr-xr-x 1 calico calico 8559 2010-11-16 11:12 a.out -rwxrw-rw- 1 smt smt 2050138 2010-10-14 10:40 Java2.pdf ...
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Make ls distinguish scripts from binaries in output

Is it possible to make ls distinguish executable scripts from actual compiled binaries? The permissions are most often the same (+x), and with ls -F you get an asterisk suffix (*) for both, so it's ...
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Output ls -l size field with digits grouped by thousands?

It is possible to make ls -l output the size field with digits grouped by thousands? If so, how? For instance: $ ls -l -rw-rw---- 1 dahl dahl 43,210,052 2012-01-01 21:52 test.py (Note the commas ...
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Sort the output of find -exec ls

Is it possible to the output of find … -exec ls -ls ; sorted alpabetically, by filename? This is my cron command: find /home/setefgge/public_html -type f -ctime -1 -exec ls -ls {} \; This command ...
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Removing a directory that has no files in it

I recently created a username and a group called gamesForAdmin. Since then I deleted it and the folder I made for it is still there: drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Jul 4 11:28 . drwxr-xr-x ...
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When was a file last opened?

How do I determine, when a file was last opened? I've looked at man ls (using GNU coreutils 8.22) and I don't see anything about this timestamp.
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`echo test?` prints `test2` but `ls test?` prints nothing

I was playing with bash globbing recently and I noticed the following: First, make 2 dirs: $ mkdir test $ mkdir test2 Then: $ echo test? Outputs (correctly): test2 But: $ ls test? Outputs ...
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ls shows a timestamp with no time for a file on NFS

When we create a file on Linux we notice that the timestamp is not visible and the stat on the file shows a time in future, the filesystem is an NFS mount, has anyone seen this before? ...
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limitation on count of records returned by ls -lrt

Is there any limitation on count of records returned by ls -lrt? I am seeing problem of crash in OEL 4.7 environment where my ls -lrt command may return more than 100K records.
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ls does not show a hidden file (OS X)

I am using lsof to view the list of open files. One such file that it displays open is : Google 3864 malaykeshav 46u REG 1,1 470455334 32578671 ...
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List directories with dot directories last, then dot files

I'm aware of the ls option --group-directories-first but that's not exactly what I want to achieve. The output should be: (sorted by name ASC) Directories Hidden Directories Hidden Files
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Strange formatting of date in bash script

I am working on a script to sort my downloads folder by the date the files were created. This is the script I am using: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Downloads for FILENAME in * do if [[ -f $FILENAME ]]; ...
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Why do these 2 find commands give differnt results?

I wanted to see all files modified within the last 10 days and who owned them, so i entered the following to give me an idea how many results would be returned; find . -maxdepth 1 -mtime -10 I then ...
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How to get the same ls with colors working on both OSX and Ubuntu?

When I want color in Ubuntu I do alias ls='ls --color=always' but on OSX this gives an error ls: illegal option -- - and I need to do alias ls ='ls -G' How can I create an alias with the same ...
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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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Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits

What is the Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits? I think it should look something like this: ls -l TEMP*[!0-9][!0-9] but the results of my ...
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Look if a folder has some files of certain extention

Lets say I have a file structure: $ cd /home/Desktop $ ls -d */ Abc/ Qwe/ Zxc/ Rty/ $ Now I want to iterate through every directory and look if they have any .pdf files. Could some one please ...
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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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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 ...