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Old 10-11-2013
Do not understand grep output

In my directory I have two files and one subdirectory. When I run

 ls -l |grep -v ^d

I get the following output:

total 8
-rwxrwxrwx 1 qms qms 254 Oct 3 16:00 file1.txt
-rwxrwxrwx 1 qms qms 7167 Oct 11 15:46 file2.txt

Can you explain what is total 8 if the number of files is 2 and is there a way to disable that total message?

# 2  
Old 10-11-2013
That's the block size that the listed files occupy.

Run the ls -ls command and you'll see that the numbers to the far right of the listing add up to the number next to total.
# 3  
Old 10-11-2013
That is the total number of file system blocks, including indirect blocks, used by the listed files.

Just to mention - you can use -h (ls -lh) to convert this in human readable format
# 4  
Old 10-11-2013
With grep -v you remove ANY MATCHING regex.
And yes, just like you hid the dirs...

ls -l |grep -v ^[dt]

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