Detailed directory lists with ls

THE LISTING TOOL

Article from Issue 60/2005
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The ls command lists files at the command line and gives you many useful details about file properties. With or without colors, this command keeps you on top of your files.

The ls command is hard to beat when it comes to options and parameters – the manpage reads like a bestseller. As a user, you can select from innumerable options to decide what to show and how to format the display. What’s in There?

Just typing ls at the prompt displays the current directory contents, but you can supply a relative or absolute path to view the content of another directory:

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