I regret to post this kind of newbie question. I am totally lost.
-rw-r--r-- 1 user group 1234 Jun 29 13:45 ThisFile
drwxr-xr-x 1 user group 4096 Jun 20 12:34 ThisDir
I know that
first field for file is permission
second field for file is "count of hardlink"
third field is owner
fourth is group
fifth is size
sixth (through eithth) is time stamp
ninth is name.
What is second field when target is directory? The other fields are not difficult.
man page and info coreutils ls do not give us much.