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Nov 27, 2009

Adding ls and ll to Windows


When I set up a new windows machine, one of the first things I do is setup a simple alias for Unix ls command and the ll alias I usually have setup for ls -l. You don't have to install any special software. Just create two very simple batch files.

Here are the two files I typically create in the Windows directory. If running Windows 7, you will need to run your editor or command prompt as administrator to create the files.

ls.bat
dir %1 %2 %3 %4 %5

ll.bat
dir /w %1 %2 %3 %4 %5

The extra variables allow you to add extra command line parameters or pass a directory path. Not fancy, but it gets the job done. And, I don't have to think when I need a directory listing.
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