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I getting a permission denied when trying to copy my cisco image to the switch and I thought the bold text may indicate something I was unaware of.

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    Bold files are those with executable bit set (the 'x' flag in the first column). – jimmij Oct 4 '18 at 13:57
  • That's XY.You insist it must be bold has something to do your can't-copy problem, and ask about it, but it's not related to your real problem. – 炸鱼薯条德里克 Oct 4 '18 at 14:05
  • @神秘德里克 He asked why some files and directories are in bold... . He may not know whether or not it's related to his problem but the question he posted is still valid. – chrips Oct 4 '18 at 14:10
  • That would be the "color" output from ls, which has an effect even on a monochrome terminal. See also unix.stackexchange.com/questions/94498/… – JigglyNaga Oct 4 '18 at 14:15
  • I closed this as a duplicate because the answers of the dupe explain that all formatting (including colors and bold) just represents different permissions and/or file types. Specifically, the bold usually means that the file is executable. – terdon Oct 4 '18 at 14:32

If the executable bit is set for any of root, group or user: --x--x--x for a file or directory, it will be in bold on some systems.

Don't depened on it though, it may or may not happen depending in the terminal you're using.

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