[colug-432] What is the meaning of a trailing "+" in "ls -l" permissions output?

Bill Baker bill_chris at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 12 22:40:37 EST 2010

If you type 'info ls' at a command prompt, it will tell you (about 79%
of the way through) the following:

"A file with any other combination of alternate access methods is marked
with a `+' character."

And according to the web page:


It means that a non-trivial ACL (access control list) is associated with
the file.

On Fri, 2010-03-12 at 18:52 -0800, Peter Kukla wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm trying to $DEFAULT_SEARCH_ENGINE this, but thought I'd ask here, too, since I'm find that it's not exactly the easiest thing to search for.
> I saw on a Red Hat (?) box today file permissions that included a trailing + character.  I've never seen that before, and I'm trying to figure out what it indicates:
>    -rw-rwxr--+
> Does anyone out there have a URL handy that explains what this means?
> Thanks in advance,
> -peter
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