The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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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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How do I find a files directory?

I am looking for a specific file in OS/X. I can see the file by using: ls -alR | grep "mkmf.*" This shows my that the file exists. How do I find what directory the file is located. Many thanks ...
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Regarding identical copies of gedit files

When ever I save a gedit file in a directory, two copies of it get saved with identical content. Ex: If the gedit file is named as file_name and saved in Home directory then when u ls the Home ...
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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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Show sum of file sizes in directory listing

The Windows dir directory listing command has a line at the end showing the total amount of space taken up by the files listed. For example, dir *.exe shows all the .exe files in the current ...
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How to match case insensitive patterns with ls?

I would like to list all files matching a certain pattern while ignoring the case. For example, I run the following commands: ls *abc* I need to see all the file that have "abc" as a part of the ...
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Piping the output of ls or tree to less loses colors? [duplicate]

tree and ls can distinct file types by coloring filenames differently. tree and ls often output a long list of files (including directories), so I pipe the stdout output to less. But less doesn't ...
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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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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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Why *not* parse `ls`?

I consistently see answers quoting this link stating definitively "Don't parse ls!" This bothers me for a couple of reasons: It seems the information in that link has been accepted wholesale with ...
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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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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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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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Filetype and dereference when listing directory with LS command

I'm trying to combine arguments to the ls command to list a directory content. What I'm basically trying to achieve is listing the directory dereferencing all links, but showing explicitly that the ...
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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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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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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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Difference between ls -l and ll?

I'm relatively new to programming as a whole and some tutorials have been telling me to use ls -l to look at files in a directory and others have been saying ll. I know that ls is a short list, but ...
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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 can I list subdirectories recursively?

The obvious ls -dR does not work. I am currently using find /path/ -type d -ls but the output is not what I need (plain listing of sub-folders) Is there a way out?
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How to change the output color of ls comman in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been as in: How to colorize output of ls ? Though, I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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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 to list all files in the size order

I would like to list all files in the order of big to small in size and the files could be present anywhere in a certain folder.