How do I list the owners and privileges for a directory?

I'd like to know how exactly I can see the privileges and owners for a directory

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hi! You can do this by running

ls -l in the directory of your choosing

alternatively, you can do ls -l /home/user/my-dir-name

Greetings @mmckenna,

@grump is correct in using ls -l as described. You can also use the -a switch to see hidden files. Like so:

$ ls -la

If you are feeling lazy and don't want to type that every time, you can always make an alias.

$ alias ls='ls -la'

You can see our full guide on file permissions here


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