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ls -la symbolics… what does that last symbol mean?

When I run ls -l on my mac I see two .yml files:

-rw-r--r--  1 aa  staff    6 Apr 15 05:50 s1.yml
-rw-r--r--@ 1 aa  staff  362 Apr 15 05:49 s3.yml

same owner, same permissions but one has a @ at the end of the permisions. The one with the @ shows up in my editor, the one without does not. So there must be some significance. How can I turn on the @ for the file without it? I selected the files in the finder and did get info and everything looks identical between the two files.


It indicates that the file has extended attributes, it is mac specific. The command xattr deals with those attributes, so try xattr -h to see its parameters.

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    the -h flag brings up the help. to see the attributes, just do it without the -h flag. xattr {file_name}
    – ahnbizcad
    Aug 31 '16 at 18:10

Those indicate extended attributes. Try this:

$ ls -a -l -@
total 1576
drwxr-xr-x+ 76 paul  staff    2584 Apr 13 17:52 .
drwxr-xr-x   5 root  admin     170 Aug 22  2009 ..
-rw-r--r--@  1 paul  staff   24580 Feb 28 22:07 .DS_Store
        com.apple.FinderInfo        32 

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