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bug#9504: ls oddity

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#9504: ls oddity
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 08:03:59 -0600
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tag 9504 notabug

On 09/14/2011 05:58 AM, Dave Pawson wrote:
ls -al works as expected

ls *.xml ... fails?

address@hidden pawson]$ ls *.xml
ls: invalid option -- ':'
Try `ls --help' for more information.

Not sure if it's a bug or my setup?

The only bug here is in your command line arguments.  This is a FAQ:

echo ls *.xml

to see what the glob expanded to; my guess is that you have a file named "-:.xml" or something similar, which ls is then trying to interpret as an option.

To avoid the problem, use either:
ls -- *.xml
ls ./*.xml

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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