This is one of the many similar lines from the output from ls -all

lrwxrwxrwx  1 subhrcho dba   25 Dec  6 01:36 beam-server.jpr -> .ade_path/beam-server.jpr

What does the above signify ? I am specially interested in .ade_path ? What does the dot(.) signify here ?


The file beam-server.jpr is a symbolic link to .ade_path/beam-server.jpr. This is also what the l stands for in the file's permissions.

File and directory names prefixed with a full stop (.) are hidden and not normally listed by ls unless the -a or --all arguments are passed.

  • 1
    Specifying the -l option twice does nothing to show hidden files.
    – jordanm
    Jan 16 '13 at 5:21
  • @Amazed how can i see the contents of .ade_path ?
    – Geek
    Jan 16 '13 at 5:35
  • @Geek cd .ade_path;ls
    – Karthik T
    Jan 16 '13 at 5:44

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