Originally Posted by funkymonkey89
On ls -l /var/log it says permission denied on everything going down the list total 0
On ls -l/var it says total 68
ls -l/var is not valid so the total it shows is really meaningless. But I would expect it to say "Invalid option" instead.
ls -l /var is valid, but apparently /var permissions do not allow you to see inside - which is odd.
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