ls output

David Henderson dhenderson at digital-pipe.com
Thu May 12 15:42:52 UTC 2011


On 05/12/2011 11:07 AM, Bob Dunlop wrote:
>
> I think the problem is that -A does not mean what you expect.  It's a
> modified version of -a which shows all hidden files except "." and "..".
>
> The problem is expressing these concepts concisely in what is already a
> very big help message.  Perhaps:
>          -A      Don't list . and ..
> should read:
>          -A      Don't show . and ..
>
> The difference between list and show is subtle but it consumes no bytes
> and is a small step in the right direction.
>

I checked the coreutils 'ls --help' and it gives the exact same 
description of '-A' as busybox does.  Perhaps a better help description 
would be "same as -a without . and ..".  :)




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