Linux Commands: ls
Umesh Yadav / October 6th, 2020
2 min read • 359 words
ls is the Linux command to list the content of a directory. You can list all the files and folders inside a directory. Let's try it in your terminal.
You can pass arguments to
ls to change the output. Let's take a look at
It has more detailed information as compared to
ls. It uses two flags
a is used to show all the files even if the files are hidden(Hidden files are the one which starts with a dot at the beginning).
l is used to show details about each file and folder. Let me explain to you what exactly are those. We will take one of the lines from output.
drwxr-xr-x 12 umesh staff 384 Dec 11 2018 .git
- drwxr-xr-x: This defines the permission of the file.
- 12: It tells the number of links to that file.
- umesh: This signifies the username of the owner of the file
- staff: This signifies the group of the file.
- 384: file size in bytes.
- Dec 11 2018: file created/updated datetime.
- .git: filename.
There are a bunch of flags available that can be used to modify the output of the
ls command. I am listing a few of them down below try them out in your terminal and let me know your experience and which one is your favorite in the comments.
- l - List files and directories in the long format
- a - Include directory entries whose names begin with a dot (.).
- d - Directories are listed as plain files (not searched recursively).
- i - For each file, print the file's file serial number (inode number).
- G – Enable colorized output.
- h – List the size of the files and directories in Human Readable format.
- S - Sort files by size
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