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Old 12-07-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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ls append indicators

Could someone please explain the meaning of the various append indicators that accompany the output of the ls command? Even the man page doesn't explain; it just mentions that they exist. Come on, I can't be the only person that uses the ls command without the -l option from time to time!
Old 12-07-2009, 09:54 PM   #2
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I agree that the information should be in the manpage -- in many distributions of the manpage it is, but not mine, either.

/ is a directory
@ is a symlink
| is a named pipe (fifo)
= is a socket.
* for executable files
> is for a "door" -- a file type currently not implemented for Linux, but supported on Sun/Solaris.
Files not matching any of the above description are regular files and so get no indicator.

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