Re: [dev] [sbase] [PATCH v2] ls: List directory contents if file is a symlink to a directory

From: Eric Pruitt <>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:43:36 -0800

I don't know if this is the correct behavior. Whether or not a symlink
to a directory has its contents shown with GNU ls depends on whether or
not there's a slash present and the flags used:

    playground$ mkdir AFolder
    playground$ touch AFolder/Horse
    playground$ ln -s AFolder SymbolicLinkToAFolder
    playground$ ls SymbolicLinkToAFolder
    playground$ ls -l SymbolicLinkToAFolder
    lrwxrwxrwx 1 ericpruitt ericpruitt 7 Dec 7 15:35 SymbolicLinkToAFolder
    -> AFolder
    playground$ ls -l SymbolicLinkToAFolder/
    total 0
    -rw------- 1 ericpruitt ericpruitt 0 Dec 7 15:34 Horse

Personally, that "-l" made a difference surprised me, but prior to
actually running the command, I would expect "ls ... $SYMLINK" to show
the information for the symlink while "ls ... $SYMLINK/" to show the
contents of the directory. If I recall correctly, historically in things
like Sys V, whether or not a trailing slash was added to a directory
used as a command line argument changed the behaviour of various tools.
Check out which has a few links to
the POSIX docs.

Received on Mon Dec 08 2014 - 00:43:36 CET

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