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I'm sorry, i just noticed that you are a "Senior Member" with all those posts and blogs and what not. You probably had something other than 'ls' in mind. Maybe if you can tell us why ls does not serve your purpose, and give details about what you're looking for.
If a customized output of ls is not enough, as rn_ already pointed out, you can give a try to stat or find. Using find you can take advantage of its recursion capabilities and the search criteria. To print out the information you need, just take a look at the -printf action.
Try using "find" with -ls. It gives an output similar to "ls -lR". You can add tests on what you which files and directories to include. Another option is to use -printf or -fprintf. This way you could have total control on what information you provide and it's format.
For example, you could produce text to include in an xml document:
find . -maxdepth 2 -printf '<fileinfo name="%f" owner="%u" pathname="%P" />\n'
You could use find to locate mp3 or ogg files and produce a script of sql commands to enter them in a database.
Last edited by jschiwal; 02-12-2010 at 05:06 PM.
Reason: fixup on example.