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# 1  
Old 07-08-2008
Curious 'ls' Issue


I am seeing a curious issue with 'ls' command.

If I open a telnet session of my Solaris box and give "ls".

The output is in 3 columns.
a b c
d e f
g h i
j k l

However, if I give the same command after a couple of hours in the same window, it goes to 6 columns according to the width of the window.
a b c d e f
g h i j k l

Any ideas?

# 2  
Old 07-08-2008
ls looks at the width of the window and the width of the filenames and adjusts the number of columns accordingly.
# 3  
Old 07-08-2008
I thought of that.

Hence, during the 2 instances i haven't changed anything.
Neither width nor re-sized once.

I didn't even ran any other command in the mean time.
# 4  
Old 07-08-2008
AI - ls is getting it's own will! Smilie
Are you using always the same ls from /bin or /usr/bin? Not that a coworker is making fun of you and has put a "modified" ls in your path.
# 5  
Old 07-08-2008

And its aliased to "ls -aFC"

Even if i directly use /usr/bin/ls, I get the same result.
Tried with that.

So no positive in pondering over the alias part.
# 6  
Old 07-09-2008
What does stty -a show at both times?
# 7  
Old 07-10-2008
Will check and let you know.

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