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Re: what does the plus sign in a ls -l listing indicate?
- From: Brian Dessent <brian at dessent dot net>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 13:34:32 -0700
- Subject: Re: what does the plus sign in a ls -l listing indicate?
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Jerome Fong wrote:
> Sorry, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. Using the ls -la
> command, I get a listing of the files in my directory. However, I have
> files with a "+" sign after their permissions. What does this mean? It
> doesn't seem to show up in ls examples on the web.
The ls documentation explains it as:
Following the file mode bits is a single character that specifies
whether an alternate access method such as an access control list
applies to the file. When the character following the file mode
bits is a space, there is no alternate access method. When it is
a printing character, then there is such a method.
In the context of Cygwin this means the files have ACLs that do not map
exactly to the POSIX ugo/rwx modes. This is typical of files created by
native/non-Cygwin apps as they tend to not specify any particular
permissions to the filesystem and instead just inherit the default from
the directory. You can use getfacl/setfacl, cacls/xcacls, etc. to view
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