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Feb 17, 2010

Win7Tip: Create Unix ls and ls -l replacements

Q: Is there an equivalent the Unix directory commands ls and ls -l on Windows 7?
A: Yes there is, the dir command.
ls is equivalent to dir /w
ls -l is equivalent to dir

My brain is so hardwired for the bash shell now, that I make batch file equivalents for these programs. I create the following programs in the c:\Windows directory. To create files in this directory under Windows 7, you need to run as Administrator

ls.bat
@dir /w %1 %2 %3 %4 %5

The 5 numbers allow you to add parameters to the command for example ls c:\directory.

For a long list I use the common alias of ll.
ll.bat
@dir %1 %2 %3 %4 %5
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