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bug#18503: [bug-report] the output of ls -lsh

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#18503: [bug-report] the output of ls -lsh
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:05:38 +0100
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unarchive 17553
forcemerge 17553 18503

On 09/19/2014 12:17 AM, Linda A. Walsh wrote:
> gemfield wrote:
>>    Hi,
>>    I am running ls -lsh on kubuntu 14.04, here is the output:
>>    address@hidden:~$ ls -ls
>>    4 -rw-rw-r-- 1 gemfield gemfield    9  9 18 23:12 test
>>    address@hidden:~$ ls -lsh
>>    4.0K -rw-rw-r-- 1 gemfield gemfield    9  9 18 23:12 test
>>    the "4" colored by green means 4 blocks, so why becomes 4.0K blocks
>>      when add -h option to ls -ls?
> 4  * 1K blocks = 4.0K blocks.
                        ^^^^^^ -> bytes

I think the ambiguity is that there is no unit output.
With the human output options, bytes are the implicit unit rather than blocks.

The documentation on the human output options does mention that
bytes are being specified rather than blocks:

Ideally you're right that we should be outputting 4KB
or more accurately 4KiB, though due to backward compat concerns
we use the less verbose but more ambiguous format.

For more explicit conversions you can run ls through the
numfmt utility as described at http://bugs.gnu.org/17553
In fact the issues are much the same as with that bug
so I'll merge them.


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