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Re: "ls" spacing between columns

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: "ls" spacing between columns
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 00:18:13 +0200

   > And to be a real nitpicker, there should be only one space
   > between the <file mode> and <number of links> filed from GNU ls
   > if one should follow POSIX stricly...

   Maybe you didn't notice that the mode string actually consists of
   11 characters, the last of which is often a space?

Doh.  No I did not.  Thanks.

   > Mmm... Maybe there is even a smallish bug in POSIX, from the
   > example section (ls -laRF):
   > -rwxr--r--   1 hlj      prog         572 Jul  4 12:07 foo*
   > That doesn't corespond with the above rule for -l.  Should this
   > be reported to the OpenGroup?

   What part doesn't correspond?

One (two for the file permission and link count) space between each
field.  Where as the example has more then one/two spaces between each

"%s %u %s %s %u %s %s\n", <file mode>, <number of links>,
    <owner name>, <group name>, <number of bytes in the file>,
    <date and time>, <pathname>

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