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I've read the Unix man pages on this subject and searched far and wide, but one thing eludes me. What the heck is the meaning of the number between the group owner and date?

-rw-r--r--@ 1 Mira staff hidden 309 Apr 14 22:00 topsecret.data

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The number is the size of the file in bytes.

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Remember that is a LOGICAL number not the physical number of bytes that the file occupies on disk. –  mdpc Apr 15 '13 at 6:47

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