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Old 06-03-2004, 11:27 AM   #1
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where is info on ls -l

I just want to confirm what the different columns in the ls -l listing are as far as permissions. I have RedHat 9.0. I did man ls...couldnt find it. I did info ls...couldnt find it.

I think (but I'm not sure) that it's rwxrwxrwx where 1st 3 are owner, 2nd 3 are group and 3rd 3 are other.

What I'm asking this forum is ...where the hell is this info on the man or info pages for ls??

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Old 06-03-2004, 11:54 AM   #3
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Sounds like you have a problem with your man pages. You should have received a man page after typing man ls. The man or info page for the chmod command gives basic information about file and directory permissions. Your assumption on the three areas for permissions is basicly correct. It is more correct to say user, group, others. That falls more in line with the symbolic notation you can use in the chmod command.

I would look into your distribution to make sure the man pages installed correctly. Another site you might find helpful is The Linux Documentation Project at

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Thanks, but isn't this info somewhere in man or info pages? I'd like to be able to find out basic information like this without having to post questions on forums or search the internet. I was using SCO Unix before Red Hat Linux and their man pages pretty much covered everything I needed to know.
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wmakowski, when I do man ls it DOES bring up the man page...I just can't find where they detail which column's of the permissions are which when using the -l option. I also checked man chmod. Again.. no details on how to interpret -rwxrwxrwx.

I guess I'm really just complaining about how basic info is left out of the man pages. Thanks for your answers guys.


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