DIRED(1) DIRED(1) NAME dired - directory editor SYNOPSIS dired [ option ... ] [ dir-name | file-list ] DESCRIPTION Dired displays a directory listing like `ls -l' (see ls(1)) and allows you to prowl around the listed entries, deleting, editing, and displaying them. Dired must know what kind of terminal you are using; the environment variable TERM should be set (see term(7)). With no argument, the current directory is listed. With only one argument, the argument is interpreted as a direc- tory and it is listed. With multiple arguments, the argu- ments are interpreted as filenames. Options are: -[sr][nsrw] Sort or reverse sort by Name, Size, Read date, or Write date respectively. -wn If n is f, use the full screen; if h, use half the screen (default); if a number, use n lines for the directory listing , reserving the rest of the screen for quick file display. The fields of a dired listing are: mode, link count, owner, size, write date and name. A cursor shows the current entry. Commands consist of single characters; arguments are prompted for, and echoed, in the bottom line of the screen. The commands are: <cr> <lf> ^N Step to the next file. ^ - <backspace> ^P Step to previous file. ! Prompt for a shell command. The command is executed, and confirmation is required before returning to the display. All `%' characters in the command are replaced with the pathname of the current entry, and all `#' DIRED(1) DIRED(1) characters are replaced with the trailing filename com- ponent (what you see on the screen). . Repeats the previous ! shell command, substituting the current entry for any special characters (%#) in the original command. a Abort this directory level of dired without deleting any files. b Step one page backward in the directory listing. c Refresh the current line. d Mark the current entry for deletion. Deletion of a directory is recursive. e If the current entry is a file, edit it with the editor `e', or another editor named by the environment vari- able EDITOR. If the current entry is a directory, descend (by forking) to list that directory. f Step one page forward in the directory listing. h ? Display a help file. l ^L Refresh the display. m Display the current file with the pager p(1), or another pager named by the environment variable PAGER. (Supply your own etymology for `m'.) p Print the current file on the line printer. q Quit this directory level of dired. List the files marked for deletion and request confirmation before deleting them. r s Sort the file list by various fields: name, read date, size, write date, denoted `n', `r', `s', and `w'. Default sort is by name. Ordering for s is increasing if by name, decreasing if by size or date. Ordering for r is opposite. A sort can be stopped with ^G. t Type. Display the current file. In two-window mode pause after each screenfull until you type a carriage return. The display may be interrupted by ^C or `q'. T Same as t but without any pauses. DIRED(1) DIRED(1) u Unmark the current entry if it was marked for deletion. FILES /usr/lib/dired help file for `?' and `h' lpr(1) line printer SEE ALSO ls(1) DIAGNOSTICS While dired is preparing a listing it reports, `Reading,' and types a dot for each 10 files. BUGS Long lines and diagnostics can foul up the display. Needs a command to search for a given file.