The ls command lists the contents of a directory.

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The result of ls * , ls ** and ls ***

I know using the command ls will list all the directories. But what does the ls * command do ? I used it and it just lists the directories. Is the star in front of ls means how deep it can list the ...
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Who is this UID and GID? [duplicate]

When I do an ls -l on my ubuntu machine it shows the number 6226 as the UID and GID for some directories. Why? Most files and directories are owned by root, or by ubuntu (which is my usual login ...
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List only the count of all files/directories for the directory tree of present directory

I want to list the number of directories under each subdirectory tree of the present directory. As there are too many directories, I can't go into individual directory and check. Something like the ...
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Enable line breaks when assigning multi line outputs to var in bash

I'm using the following very basic shell script I copied off the net to list the contents of my database backup folder and mail them regularly: MYSQLLIST=$(ls -lhG /var/backups/mysql/daily/) ...
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How to find all .zip and .rar files recursively and sort them by size [duplicate]

I am looking for all .zip and .rar files in comp_tuts folder and I am intersted in showing their file sizes and sorting them from biggest to smallest. I have tried ls -R *.zip ls: cannot access ...
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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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ls command lists hidden files

When I run ls command I get files like opencv.sh~ in my output which is not visible if I check the home directory. Basically, it also lists hidden files without supplying any other parameter. How can ...
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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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Convert ls -l output format to chmod format

Say I have the following output from ls -l: drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 7 17:21 foo How can I automatically convert this to the format used by chmod? For example: $ echo drwxr-xr-x | ...
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Why is vdir still around?

After installing Debian 8, I started poking around /bin (as I'm always wont to do), and I noticed that ls and vdir share, not only the same manpage (except for the whatis line), but the exact same ...
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How do I display the nth result of an ls command?

I used this command to display the first result of files in my directory. ls | head -n 1 My simple question is, how can I modify this command to display say the nth result? Thanks!
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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.
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Got weird result when executing bash command “cd /usr/share/; ls *z ”

I know the meaning of * wildcard But when I use Ubuntu 14.04 and type following command: $ cd /usr/share/ $ ls *z But why the part of the result is like this:    ...
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rm not deleting file, thinks its a directory

I have a hard drive with windows loaded on it hooked up to my Linux machine for backing up some of the information. I want to delete one of the 'temporary internet files' folders and it deleted all ...
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only show the source file and target linked file using `ls`

I can show the target file that a link points to using ls -l: snowch$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mvn lrwxr-xr-x 1 snowch admin 29 12 Dec 08:58 /usr/local/bin/mvn -> ../Cellar/maven/3.2.3/bin/mvn Is ...
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Listing directories and understanding ls

On ls man page, I saw this -d, --directory list directory entries instead of contents, and do not dereference symbolic links on my current folder: drwxr-xr-x 2 oracle oinstall 4.0K Jul ...
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Display full ISO time in OSF1

I am working on an HP OSF1 (Tru64) based server and need to display file listings with the full-iso time format style. Example of this in Ubuntu Linux, user@hostname:~/Desktop$ ls -lrt --full-time ...
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Is there a way to list files before mount a disk partition

Suppose there are several partition in my computer. So I'm not sure where is the folder I have to access. usually what I do is mount all the portions first and then search one by one. Is there a way ...
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How to check if the shell script created a new error log file in a folder with the same shell script? [duplicate]

I am trying to check if the new file is created in the specific directory or not when I run the shell script. Here, I am creating a new file through the shell script itself and then checking whether ...
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list all files with extension .log except one

I would like to list all files with extension .log except the file backup.log. I have tried using this command: ls *.log -I "backup.log" But all the log files are listed, even backup.log! How ...
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Why is there a minor number in /dev for directories such as pts?

This is a part of /dev in CentOS 6.6. What is the meaning of the minor number for directories like ., .. , bsg, block and ... ? drwxr-xr-x. 18 root root 3800 Jul 3 06:00 . dr-xr-xr-x. 21 ...
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Meaning of chmod 1775

Created a folder "Sample_dir" and analysed its permissions. $ mkdir Sample_dir $ ll Sample_dir/ total 36 drwxrwxr-x 2 user user 4096 Jul 1 19:26 ./ drwx------ 71 user user 28672 Jul 1 19:26 ../ ...
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ls and vim color on SunOS 5.8/Solaris 8

I want to use ls and vim with color on Sunos 5.8 SunOS 5.8 Generic_117350-11 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-2500 I have installed ls (GNU coreutils) 6.9 and vim 7.2 In ~/.cshrc: setenv TERM sun-color ...
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How to use logical OR in find?

In bash shell ls can use a logical OR functionality through (of course I could also do ls name1 name2 but my true examples are more complicated): ls @(name1|name2) Is there a way to do this using ...
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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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sudo ls not showing hidden files on Linux

Today I discovered that sudo ls shows hidden files (that is, those that have names starting with .) on OS X. This surprised me so much that I asked a question about this behaviour, which I still find ...
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Completely hidden directory on ACFS imported via NFS

how is this possible: [root@oda001-d0 .ACFS]# pwd /OVS/Repositories/repo1/.ACFS [root@oda001-d0 .ACFS]# ls -la .. total 148 drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Jun 23 11:45 . drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 ...
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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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Understanding UNIX based permissions and their attributes

I've never really got how chmod worked up until today. I followed a tutorial that explained a big deal to me. For example, I've read that you've got three different permission groups: owner (u) ...
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Find directory names with N occurences of a set of characters

Sorry in advance, I know there are hundreds of posts about find, but I genuinely don't understand what's happening here and haven't been able to find a definitive answer to this question: how to match ...
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change LS_COLORS behaviour

I am trying to modify LS_COLORS behavior. Presently it (say for sh or py), changes color depending on if it is executable or not, as shown here But, I want all my script, executable or not, have ...
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'ls' showing two identical files in a directory

So somehow the command ls seems to be showing me two identical files in a directory. I am certainly not doing something right here. Behold $ ls -Blah /System/Library/LaunchDaemons total 32 ...
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What rights signify when using ls -l? [duplicate]

When I type ls -l and press enter I get a list of files, with details about each file. Next to each file there is permissions and rights for each file. What do they mean? For example: -rw-rw-rw- I ...
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How do I make 'sudo ll' work? [duplicate]

Every once in awhile, I find myself needing to list files in a directory that I don't have execution permission on. So I do a sudo: >sudo ll /opt/mydir [sudo] password for civfan: sudo: ll: ...
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How to use regex to match a pattern which does not have a specific string at the end

How to use a posix bre or a posix ere regex to match a word which does not have bak at the end. I want to do a ls | egrep '<regex>' to find all files which DO NOT have bak at the end of ...
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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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why grep does not print the entire line? [duplicate]

When I enter ls command I get the below output. -$ ls aNode ANode bNode BNode cNode CNode DUMP file1 hello.txt TEST.txt -$ As seen, above output is one line which has filenames separeted ...
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Permission errors even permissions are wide open

I installed anaconda on our new VM and I can't list it's contents. I can change my directory to .../anaconda/ but when I type ls -l I get: ls: cannot open directory .: Permission denied However, ...
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Find files whose name is 4 characters long

I would like to find files whose name has only 4 characters. Example, there are three files under /tmp: $ ls /tmp txt file linux Output should only show file because it only has 4 characters.
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ls or find option to exclude binary files

How can I list only files that aren't compiled code in the current directory? I'm reviewing the custom scripts and code on several HPUX and Linux servers before transferring them to a newer system. ...
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How to create a bash script that sees all files in a directory and tells me their size and date of creation?

I'm a beginner in the field of programing/coding. I'm trying to write a simple bash script that will see all files in a directory, and then tell me each file's size and each of their dates of ...
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Get Comma Delimited List of Initials of Items in Directory?

How can I generate a comma-delimited, case-insensitive list of the first characters of the names of the files and directories in a directory, excluding initial "." items, without duplicates? I don't ...
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What does this ls command do? [duplicate]

what does this command do if it was executed in my current working directory that has files in it? ls 2> result I think whatever ls writes will be redirected to the result file? Is that correct and ...
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ls -e option not available in linux

I have shell scripts that run on Solaris UNIX that use the -e option on ls to ensure the same format for all files regardless of their age. This option is not available on Linux. The exact same ...
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list files in ascending order

I am trying to display file names(with complete path) based on the created timestamp in ascending order. if files exists: display files with complete directory path in asc order. if files do not ...
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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 get only files created after a date with ls?

With ls command, does it possible to show only file created after a date, hour... I'm asking it because I have a directory with thousand of files. I want files created since yesterday. I use ls ...
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User cannot see directory permissions

I'm working in Ubuntu 3.13. The permissions on a drive are such that the owner can see directories and files with these permissions: drwxrwxr-x 2 michael atlas 4096 Feb 15 12:34 temp2 ...
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Why does my “ls -a-l /home” not work?

Marias-MacBook-Air:~ mariasharapova$ ls -a /home . .. Marias-MacBook-Air:~ mariasharapova$ ls -a-1 /home ls: illegal option -- - usage: ls [-ABCFGHLOPRSTUWabcdefghiklmnopqrstuwx1] [file ...] ...
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change file size format when using stat

The formatting character %s makes stat print the filesize in bytes # stat -c'%A %h %U %G %s %n' /bin/foo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 45112 /bin/foo ls can be configured to print the byte size number ...