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Old 06-18-2004, 02:04 PM   #1
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File Permission Question

Help me understand this would you?

[coop@x1-6-00-a0-cc-5f-d9-d3 Documents]$ ls -l
total 8 -rwxrwxrwx 1 coop coop 5943 Jun 15 21:08 Linux stuff.sxc*
(What does total 8, what does 1 and what does 5943 stand for. I know the rest.)

[coop@x1-6-00-a0-cc-5f-d9-d3 Documents]$ ls -l Linux stuff.sxc
ls: Linux: No such file or directory
ls: stuff.sxc: No such file or directory
I thought $ls -l Linux stuff.sxc would give me the permissions..etc.

I thought when I did ls -l Linux stuff.sxc it would give me -rwxrwxrwx ....line

So when I do this:
[coop@x1-6-00-a0-cc-5f-d9-d3 Documents]$ ls -l
This lists what is in the Documents directory with the permission, etc.

Old 06-18-2004, 02:27 PM   #2
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Not sure what the portions of it you asked about mean, but I can tell you why it didn't work when you did

ls -l Linux stuff.sxc

It's because you have a space in the name, and you need to enter a backslash prior to the space or it thinks you're looking at two different calle Linux and one called stuff.sxc. It would need to look like this:

ls -l Linux\ stuff.sxc

That's all I've got...

Good luck!
Old 06-18-2004, 02:44 PM   #3
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From the info pages of ls (info ls):
In addition to the name of each file, print the file type,
permissions, number of hard links, owner name, group name, size in
bytes, and timestamp (*note Formatting file timestamps::), normally
the modification time.

For each directory that is listed, preface the files with a line
`total BLOCKS', where BLOCKS is the total disk allocation for all
files in that directory. The block size currently defaults to 1024
bytes, but this can be overridden (*note Block size::). The
BLOCKS computed counts each hard link separately; this is arguably
a deficiency.

The permissions listed are similar to symbolic mode specifications
(*note Symbolic Modes::). But `ls' combines multiple bits into the
third character of each set of permissions as follows:

If the setuid or setgid bit and the corresponding executable
bit are both set.

If the setuid or setgid bit is set but the corresponding
executable bit is not set.

If the sticky bit and the other-executable bit are both set.

If the sticky bit is set but the other-executable bit is not

If the executable bit is set and none of the above apply.


Following the permission bits is a single character that specifies
whether an alternate access method applies to the file. When that
character is a space, there is no alternate access method. When it
is a printing character (e.g., `+'), then there is such a method.


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