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Re: get file mode

From: David T-G
Subject: Re: get file mode
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 22:42:33 -0500
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Arrigo --

...and then Zanette Arrigo said...
% I' ve a simple question.

Hmmm...  That doesn't sound much like a bug report, then.  This list is
really for bug reports for the GNU fileutils package.  However, since
we're here...

% There is a way to get the file mode (octal or text)?

There are lots of ways.  I don't know of a single utility which
specializes in doing that, but the information is easily obtainable
through other simple UNIX tools doing what *they* do best.

You could use ls (hey, I had to stay SOMEWHAT on-topic) with -l and use
cut, awk, sed, or who knows what else to pull out the first field and
then do a little parsing (or maybe something about like '-rwsr-x--x' is
"text" enough for you).

You could use something like perl to stat() the file and report the
answer (if you're writing a perl script).

You could use perl anyway, all in a one-line shell script call (if you're
writing a shell script).

You could write a little C code to do your stat and return the results
however you wish.

I'm sure there are other ways, but my one minute is up.

% I think it would be very useful (I'am writing a script where it would be very 
% useful).

Then just put one of the many tools at your disposal to work :-)  It all
depends on the level of portability you need and how you want to get the

% Thanks,
% Arrigo Zanette


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