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Old 07-08-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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Using ls


When using ls -l, what is the total that is given at the top? It doesn't appear to correspond with the number of files I see.

What option can you use to display the number of files in a directory?
 
Old 07-08-2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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Take a look at man ls.
 
Old 07-09-2005, 04:38 PM   #3
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Okay, I read that but still don't know what the total below means. Man page also doess not state which option will report total files.

ls -l

total 96
drwx------ 4 ekridaka students 4096 Jul 6 01:56 .
drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 Jun 30 17:14 ..
 
Old 07-09-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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That value is actually explained in
info coreutils ls

But the OP could have found that themselves if they
had been curious enough and read the entire man-
page themselves, and followed the advice in the
SEE ALSO section of man.

In brief, the total gives the total number of BLOCKS
used by the directory.


Cheers,
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Old 07-09-2005, 07:04 PM   #5
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A neat trick that ls does is columnarise output if it's going to a terminal, otherwise it prints one filename per line. The -1 flag replicates this behaviour to a terminal. To replicate the terminal behaviour to a non-terminal device, use -C.
 
  


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