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Old 11-26-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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listing files and burning files - just a question

I'm a noobie. I'm burning a large file to a 700 MB disk and when I 'ls' the directory it says the file is 733 MB, but when I use the burning program it recognises the file length as being around 698 MB. Why the difference? Is the file actually taking up that amount of room on my hard drive, or is it mis-reported?
Old 11-26-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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did you use "ls -l" or "ls -lh" in the directory? The "h" makes it human readable.

Because I am thinking 698MB = 698 x 2^20 B = 731906048 B

(unless of course ls has started using the SI units for MB in which case 1 MB = 10^6 B and you should ignore me)

EDIT: Just looked it up in ls man page

1MB = 10^6
1M = 2^20

Using --si instead of -h will list everything in "proper" SI units

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