The command to list the contents of a folder/directory in Unix and Unix-like systems.

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Always run a command after another command

With zsh (and oh-my-zsh), is it possible to always run a command after a certain other command? I want to always run an ls after cding to a directory, rather than running cd example; ls every time. I ...
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How to display file details (size, date, etc.) from Linux “locate” command?

The (slow) Linux “find” command has an option, “-ls”, to display size, date, etc. like the “ls -l” command. But the “locate” command doesn’t seem to have that. So how can I get the equivalent ...
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How can I restore the man page for ls (/usr/share/man/man1/ls.1.gz)?

I was messing around with the man page files whereupon I accidentally deleted ls.1.gz, which describes the man page for ls. Is there somewhere where I can download a copy of this file which I can ...
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Recursively list full absolute path of files with permissions in Linux

I have done a bit of searching online, and I am trying to find a way to recursively list all files with their absolute path and with their permissions. I want to do this so that I can grep out what I ...
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List file range with UNIX wildcards

Say for example I have the following files in my working directory: mjk0001.fits, mjk0002.fits, ... numerically increasing all the way to mjk9999.fits. Is there a way to use UNIX wildcards to list or ...
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Why directories size are different in ls -l output on XFS file system?

I can't understand why ls -l show folder size less then block size. For example: [user@01 NEW]$ ls -l total 4 drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 78 Apr 22 00:43 controllers drwxr-xr-x 14 root root 4096 Apr ...
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Listing files by last accessed time?

How can I list files according to the last time they were accessed? So far I haven't seen a command that can list them by time. I need it to display files that have been last accessed last December,...
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Colorize ls-output by filetype [duplicate]

Every once in a while I have to list some files (~20-50) in Bash on Linux || Mac. These files are from four different file types. ls nand2tetris/myChips/ And16.**hdl** And16.**cmp** And16.**tst**...
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One line ls command to display symbolic links

How can I use just one single ls command to display all symbolic links in my /dev directory? I know ls -l and that's about it.
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List directories without erroring if none exist

I have a rather strict set of specs for a directory listing that I need: It must list the directories in the current directory It must list purely the basename (no "./", no trailing slash) It mustn'...
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ls executes slowly on remote server

I have a very strange problem, one that may be too difficult to diagnosis without machine access, but maybe someone here may be able to help. I am using OS X, and on my local machine ls executes ...
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what does it mean a red filename shown with black background?

I have a compilation problem, and when I check my lib/ directory I get this output from "ls": What the red/black combination mean? I checked in the output of "dircolors -p" as suggested here (...
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Why does `ls` without any arguments (only flags) give me “no such file or directory”?

When I pass --color=always to ls, it occasionally outputs a number of No such file or directory errors, like this: ~/svn/projects/submm/adda/scat$ /bin/ls --color=always ls: cannot access ...
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A file which is not a dir nor a file

This may look like a weird question, but I just got this output for a file (directory?) in my system. This may be a trivial or well-known error, but for me, this file (directory?) called ksmserver....
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How to display the file contents recursively?

I always have to submit the source codes in my printed assignment report. I have to copy and paste my course codes into the document and I find that it is an annoying task. I want to solve this "copy ...
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Linux: ls -l prints only question marks:

I have a problem with listing of some directory with ls -l: $ ls -l ./directory -????????? ? ? ? ? ? file001.txt -????????? ? ? ? ? ? file002.txt and just ls works good: $ ls ...
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Unix - Find files with the same name under a directory using ls

I want to list all suhosin.ini files under /etc/php5/ directory. The thing is that the 3 of them are one level deeper in the directory tree. I want to combine these two to one command # ls /etc/...
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Directory Listing error ONLY in port 22 (SFPT)

I suddenly get this error using SFTP: Status: Connecting to 64.207.146.82... Response: fzSftp started Command: open "root@64.207.146.82" 22 Command: Pass: ********* Status: Connected to 64....
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How to make ls command not show Icon? files?

I have a folder (say, Downloads) with a custom icon. When I execute cd Downloads and then ls, it displays Icon? Subfolder1 Subfolder2 How can I make the ls command skip (thus not showing) ...
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List directories first with MinGW ls

I have recently started using MinGW instead of Cygwin on my Windows 7 machine, and I am having a little issue with MinGW's ls. In Cygwin, ls has a --group-directories-first option that, obviously, ...
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Unix list absolute file name

Given an arbitrary single argument representing a file (or directory, device, etc), how do I get the absolute path of the argument? I've seen many answers to this question involving find/ls/stat/...
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How come the ls command prints in multiple columns on tty but only one column everywhere else?

Even after using Unix-like OSes for a couple years, this behaviour still baffles me. When I use the ls command in a directory that has lots of files, the output is usually nicely formatted into ...
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Get all files from a directory without read permissions?

In Linux/Unix, if I am inside a directory of another user, but cannot view the contents of the directory by typing "ls," how do I get a copy of all the files? Is the only way to guess what the file ...
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Email file and folder list with size?

I am trying to get a list of all files and folders with there sizes (upto 1st level, i.e. file and folder names with there sizes in current directory) emailed to me via an python script. I got the ...
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How do I `cd` and then* `ls` automatically in linux?

I have found myself keep doing cd some_dir quickly followed by ls for quite some time now, and have been trying to write a bash alias to let me do this, such as: alas cd="cd $@; ls"; Problem with ...
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Change to xth directory terminal

Is there a way in a unix shell (specifically Ubuntu) to change directory into the xth directory that was printed from the ls command? I know you can sort a directory in multiple ways, but using the ...
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Linux: How to find all files with the same name different filetype and move them

I have a dir with hundreds of images, some most of them are raw format (ending in CR2), but for some I've converted them to jpg, so I have both CR2 and JPEG. How do I get all the files that end both ...
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Why does a directory appear when viewing the home folder but not when I use the command line in Linux?

It's an odd problem in that when I browse the home folder I see the directory 'Jquery' however when I use the command line nothing appears. I have used the commands ls | less, find . -iname jQuery, ...
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Discrepancy in file size on disk and ls output

I have a script that checks for gzipped file sizes greater than 1MB and outputs files along with their sizes as a report. This is the code: myReport=`ls -ltrh "$somePath" | egrep '\.gz$' | awk '{...
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What does the number after Unix/Linux file permissions like “-rw-rw-r--. 1 ” mean in “ls -l” output

Can any one explain "-rw-rw-r--. 1 " and give some "detailed" information on ls -lart command. Why does the number change after "-rw-rw-r--. 1 " <----
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How do I list only source code files when I type ls on OSX?

when I type ls, I don't want to see .o files because everytime I ls, It see X.cpp X.h X.o, how do I not list .o files?
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What's permission 's'?

I did a ls on my /bin in OS X. I got the following output. What's the 's' permission in rcp line? /Users/snihalani/.oh-my-zsh on master at 11:12AM ➜ lsa /bin --------------.oh-my-zsh-------------- ...
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ls -l shows file size 0 of files in /proc, but cat produces content

# cat /proc/version Linux version 2.6.18-308.8.2.el5.028stab101.1 (root@rhel5-build-x64) (gcc version 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-46)) #1 SMP Sun Jun 24 20:25:35 MSD 2012 # ls -l /proc/version -r--r-...
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How do I recursively list the contents of all files in a repository (extension-agnostic) into a single text file?

I know that using "ls -R ." in bash you can recursively list the filenames. Can I use some similar command to list the contents of each file just the way their names are displayed using the ls ...
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How can I make “ls” show dotfiles first?

Somewhere along the way I screwed up my ls command and now I get this ordering when running $ ls -AhHl --color=auto -rwxr-xr-x 1 clang clang 640 Mar 1 02:46 apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png -rwxr-...
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Bash Profile Coloring

I would like to make a few changes to my bash profile. Changes I would like include: Coloring Files: I would like files with the execute permission bit set to be colored green. I would like to ...
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What is user/owner 24561?

So, I just installed the node.js package from nodejs.org and I was poking around to see what it installed. Over in /usr/local/bin I saw this owner 24561. I see it in a few other places too. What is ...
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Is there a tail -f equivalent for ls?

Basically the question is in the title. I want to monitor a directory for new files that are written or deleted, the way I can monitor a log file with tail -f. Is this possible?
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Formatting pwd/ls for use with scp

I have two terminal windows with bash. One is local on the client computer, another one has an SSH-session on the server. On the server, I am in a directory and seeing a file I would like to copy to ...
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Accidentally removed read permissions from folder. How do I get back in?

I wished to have a given folder and file and all descendants, write permissions. I wished that ALL files and folders could be recursively granted he following permissions: 777 So I tried: chmod -r ...
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How can I hide .un~ files when I run “ls” in OS X?

Is there any option I can pass to ls to hide .un~ files from the output? I want to be able to see all files (e.g. dotfiles) except .un~ files, so I need to run ls -A and add something to hide the .un~...
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Compare content of directories in Linux

In Linux, if I have two directories, how I can see the differences of content in these directories? Now I use this command: diff <(ls -d dir1/*) <(ls -d dir2/*) Any other idea?
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Using the ls -l with a pipe how can i get it to display the 8th file in the list without the file details

I am looking to display the 8th file name in a directory using ls -l and pipe for example ls -l | wc -1 would give me the count but what i want to have returned is the 8th file name in the directory ...
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iTerm2 loses “ls” colors if I ssh to a server

Why do I lose ls' colors when I ssh to a server? I would like those colors to be preserved. Is this possible? Should one do something on the server side?
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ls -al list order re-arranged on osx terminal - can't we do this?

Does anyone know a way to re-arrange the ls -al returned list in a way that: a) Directories first, files after; and b) Date first, name second and permissions at the end and c) Without losing ...
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What is the magic separator between filenames in ls output?

The output of ls (with no arguments) appears to separate filenames with linebreaks. Evidence: ls | grep foo works as expected, with grep treating each filename as a separate line of input. ls > ...
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list files with full modification date

I want to produce a list of files in a directory and feed it into a script to generate database entries including their creation dates. The database is Solr, so I need to be able to translate ISO 8601 ...
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is there a way to read the cumulative size of all files in a folder?

I want to read the size of a folder from the command line. ls -lh shows all folders as being 4k, which presumably is the size of the footprint of the folder itself, rather than the contained files. ...
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“ls -t remotefile localfile” does not work over FTP

I'm interested in listing remote files (with names matching a pattern) by date, and storing this list locally. The various things I've tried follow: ls -t SL*.txt ...is interpreted as a request ...
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how to list all files and directories in given directory with full path but not recursive?

Somehow like dir /b command but I need also hidden and system files there. Built in dir command doesn't allow to list such 'hidden' files with the rest and I must use /s to have full path in there, ...