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Development Tools Console Foundations Getting Started with the Console Running Commands

what does the number AFTER the permissions mean (it's usually 1, 2 or 3) when executing the command ls -l

(it's usually 1, 2 or 3) and ONE digit

1 Answer

Ken Alger
Ken Alger
Treehouse Teacher


What you are referring to is the Link Count, which specifies the number of links or directories inside this directory. I just did a ls -l on one of my directories and some of my links are in double digits. Each computer platform seems to have a different opinion as to what constitutes a "link" as well.

Great question!

Happy coding,