Questions relating to the Linux 'list' command (ls)

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How do I change the color for directories with ls in the console?

On my console the color for directories is such a blue, that it is hard to read on a dark background. How can I change the color definitions for ls?
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Why does 'echo *' give different results than 'ls *'?

For example, if you are in home directory and type ls *, you will have all the directories listed, and below the name of the listed directory, the files that it contains. On the other hand, if you ...
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Difference between ls -l and ll?

I'm relatively new to programming as a whole and some tutorials have been telling me to use ls -l to look at files in a directory and others have been saying ll. I know that ls is a short list, but is ...
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getting countbroken>0; won't update

running Ubuntu on an WIN7 Inspirion, that will not boot up. Ubuntu has been working ok, till a few weeks ago. It wouldn't update software. Error was COUNTBROKEN>0. (or BROKENCOUNT>0) Would appreciate ...
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Does the ls command work differently on a (ubuntu 14.04.10) server? I can't figure out how to explore my files

all. Very new to linux, but I thought I understood file exploration from the command line. The problem: I can't figure out how to navigate my files or directories, the console isn't displaying any ...
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How to move multiple files at once to a specific destination directory?

I got a bunch of files in some directory (along with many other files) that I want to move. Luckily, all the files I want to move contain a certain identifier in their names, so I can ls | grep ...
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Why do I not see my /bin, /var, (etc.) directories in my root partition?

I recently bought a VPS and when I log in as a root user, I dont see the /boot, /bin, /var, etc. directories. Why is this? This is what I see when I use my ls -la command in the terminal. I am the ...
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ls command not showing latest file

I just did a mysqldump on my Ubuntu EC2 server. If I browse the directory in Filezilla, I can see the dump file, but not when I run the ls command in terminal. Why is this happening?
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Finding files in sub directories

Still a newbie. Using a clean machine, purchased from System 76 with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. Got it mid-May of 2014. Why can't I find files in the current and its subdirectories? I've tried ...
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How to find all PDF files in directories and their subdirectories?

I want to list all PDF files in the directories of the current working directory. What command can do this? I remember a combination of ls and */*.pdf but don't remember what exact combination.
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Long listing a Directory

2 Questions: 1) How should I long list a directory. Kindly guide me if there's are multiple options to do this .? 2) How do I sort based on the file size?
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Longlisting Files & Directories

I would need to know if there's a way to differentiate files & directories . Note : Without using longlisting
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Selecting from list like array (without name by number)

After I ls and see the list, is there anyway to process a document without typing its name? For example instead of typing rm damnSoLongFileName, can I type something like rm [1]? I mean is there ...
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ls to show dates and times in UTC

How do I get the ls command to show its dates and times in UTC, instead of localtime? I don't want to permanently change the local time for my system to do this.
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print contents of a directory structure (filesystem) to CSV on the command line

How can I catalog the contents of a filesystem to a CSV file? This is particularly useful for removable media. I've found a couple links that point in this direction: AskUbuntu.com: listing files ...
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new user problem loading brother driver dcp-340cw

when running linux-brprinter-installer it finnishes with "Error csh ls required" can anyone help? just loaded ubutu 14.04 (lost windows 8,1) very new to linux
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The colors when doing “ls” at my ubuntu server diappeared just like that

OK I know it's a super stupid question but driving me crazy! I just had new 14.10 VPS setup and while setting up some basic initial stuff in the terminal out of sudden "ls" command stopped showing any ...
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Open directory from ls result

I have a problem, I would like to pipe ls and cd together. I create shell pipe like: cesta = ls -lat | awk 'NR==2 {print $8"/"}' cd $cesta But it doesn't work. Could you help me. And I didn't ...
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Nautilus shows different permissions (than `ls`) for linked directory

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and i have changed one of my folders permission . when i do ls -al in that directory it shows me : total 48 drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Nov 3 05:14 . drwxr-xr-x 30 root ...
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ls on home directory very slow

A while ago, I accidentally created hundreds of thousands of files in my home directory which I subsequently deleted. Since then however, running ls in my home directory has been extremely slow ...
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How to enter every directory in current path and execute script

I want to enter every directory retuned by ls command and execute script. I tried this (and many other things), but it just does not work ls | awk '{print $1" && pwd"}' | xargs cd How to ...
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Hiding “*_files”

When I download web pages complete, I get the html file plus a folder with an _files name. So every time I ls I get a list of all those files. Renaming is a drag. How can I get those out of ...
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ls command is only showing files, and no folders (spaces? instead of them)

Today I typed ls command in my home directory, and it only showed "examples.desktop" and not the folders. But in the past, it showed all the folders like Documents and Downloads. What is the problem ...
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“-k” option for “ls -l” commnad

I can not use "-k" option for ls -l commnad. -k, --kibibytes use 1024-byte blocks There is an option explanation in man ls like above. So I guess that this option is valid. However, ...
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How to Search for Files Recursively into Subdirectories

I am trying to look for all XML files in a particular directory and all sub-directories (recursively) inside it. ls -R *.xml is only listing files in the current directory. I am quite sure, the ...
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Efficient way to get last modified/created files

I have a folder that has a lot of files (various logs generated by a website). Managed to count them with: $ find . -maxdepth 1|wc -l 803313 Now I need to check the logs in the past few days. ...
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How to list all symbolic links in a directory

I have a symbolic link in my /var/www/ directory that links to WordPress. When I run the command ls -la from the /var/www/ directory the link to WordPress doesn't show up. Is there a way to list all ...
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ls command not working in ubuntu 14.04

I was trying to use ls command in my ubuntu 14.04 but it keeps on showing the following error, ls: unrecognized option '--color=auto' BusyBox v1.21.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.21.0-1ubuntu1) multi-call binary. ...
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can anybody explain what ls -l do? [duplicate]

can anybody explain what ls -l do? I'm new to command line functions so simple explanation would suffice. Thank you. For my reference the results I get when I typed ls -l was: drwxrwxr-x 3 student ...
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What does 'ls -al' do?

When I entered the -al attribute with the ls command, I got the following: anupam@JAZZ:~/blog$ ls -al total 76 drwxrwxr-x 13 anupam anupam 4096 Aug 28 21:45 . drwxr-xr-x 34 anupam anupam 4096 Aug 28 ...
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exclude certain files in ls

I would like to run ls and exclude certain files in the output. When I run the following command, I get all files with each on one line: $ ls -1 file1 file2 file3 temp I would like to run this ...
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How do I djvubind on ls and grep result?

How do I djvubind only files that are in ls | grep -P "page\\d\\d\\d.tif"?
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terminal ls command not showing all files

I'm familiarizing myself with the terminal, and trying to use the ls command is the directory /usr/bin. Unfortunately, it doesn't show me everything in the folder, the terminal cuts it off. How ...
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Sorting files by ASCII conventions in Ubuntu 14.04

This has been an incredible annoyance for me because it should be so easy to fix!!! I want ASCII conventions to be applied when sorting files (both in the terminal and in nautilus) because the ...
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before.rules date [closed]

I can't figure out why one of my before rules file has a date that is in the future. Today's date is July 3rd but the file time stamp states Jul 6. Below is the output from ls -l in the /etc/ufw ...
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List files appended with an order number

Is there a quick way to list all the files from a location having an appended order number? something like: ls -a generates the result: 1 file a 2 file b ... 100 file whatever Thanks. P.S. ...
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list directory name of symbolic link

I am trying to find all the symbolic links on my system with name keytool. I use the below command : ls -lR | grep keytool It gives some results, but i want the directory names as well. So i use ...
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List hidden files without using - ( * | [closed]

Is it possible to list hidden files without using the characters mentioned above? This means not using any options or the * wildcard as well as some other characters (e.g this is not allowed "ls -a", ...
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ls system command not showing terminal colors

I've just been fooling around with some code in C, an example of a really basic program is as follows which just, obviously, lists the directories using the ls system command. #include ...
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Changing current directory to directory that have identifier as the substring

My terminal is currently in the home directory, and the home directory contains a directory which have "round" as the substring. Is there any way to directly change to that directory without typing ...
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What is the double slash (//) directory?

I mistakenly typed cd // instead of cd /. To my surprise, current directory showed up as //. What is that directory? Why does it exist? apple@snipped $ pwd /home/apple apple@snipped $ cd / ...
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How to show only hidden files in Terminal?

I have a directory that contains thousands of files, some of them are hidden. The command ls -a list all files, including hidden ones, but I need just to list hidden files. What command should I ...
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What does ? in output of ls -la mean?

I'm having trouble with my webserver an noticed that the output of ls -la /var/www contains irregularily ? instead of permission digits, e.g. $ LANGUAGE=C ls -la /var/www/ ls: cannot access ...
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How to make ls produce ISO 8601 format

In older versions of Ubuntu, like 9.10, ls(1) produced ISO 8601 format by default, in the way ls -l --time-style=long-iso does it. With 12.04, we're back at the older Unix style. Thus replacing ...
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Find files in a directory and list them

I'm in a directory containing several sites directories. All these sites have a logs/ directory. I wish to find and list the files under each logs/ directory with the -ls parameter.
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Count total number of files in particular directory with specific extension

I want to count the total number of files in particular directory that ends with ".mp4" extension. I am getting following command: ls -F |grep -v / | wc -l It count all the files in particular ...
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“How would you use the ls command to display all of the files/directories in the directory ‘/sbin’ that start with ‘az’? ”

I could do this on my own if I was in the /sbin directory, but I cant seem to figure out how to do this form the parent directory.
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One command for ls and cat functionality?

Okay guys, this is an experimental question warning! I often confuse cat and ls when quickly working on the console. Not because I forget their meanings, no. Just because I type without deeply ...
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How can I group the files in a directory based on their file size

I have a directory where I am writing lots of files but I know each of them fall under one of the 3 pre-determined memory sizes based on what I write. Any file I write may be either 300KB or 129.1MB ...
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“ls” with one-digit pattern gives me strange results

I'm running Ubuntu as VM in VMWare Fusion on MacPro: ayakovlev@ubuntu:~$ uname -a Linux ubuntu 3.11.10.3 #1 SMP Thu Mar 6 15:31:54 EST 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux The command below outputs ...