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I'd suggest you perform the following and report the results:
$ which ls
# When you get the outcome of the which command for ls, then give a long listing of ls, example:
$ which ls
$ ls -l /bin/ls
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 104508 Mar 31 2012 /bin/ls
# Next get the version of ls which you have by typing "ls --version", sample output following:
$ ls --version
Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
Written by Richard M. Stallman and David MacKenzie.
# All of this is to tell whether or not you're using actual ls or if ls is a symbolic link to something
# called busybox which emulates ls and may provide different features.
Following this, other things to offer to the forum would be the version of Linux you have, including both the kernel and distribution name. Some things to try to get this information are:
$ cat /etc/*-release
# This will output the information in that file to show your release information.
# Another command is 'lsb_release -a' which also can print out the release if that command is available.
$ lsb_release -a
# A final check would be to determine whether or not there is an alias for the ls command.
# If you type 'alias' you will see all aliases, therefore see if there is one assigned for ls.
The concerns here by me and others are that you don't seem to have a properly working ls command, either because there is an alias, because ls is very old, or because ls is run out of busybox.