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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday May 25, 2006
01:58 PM

Wild broken link highlighting

[ #29712 ]

I'm used to GNU ls --color highlighting broken symbolic links in a striking red background. But working today on a system I don't usually use at school I was shocked to get a directory listing that now had the link actually flashing. Apparently the good folks at GNU (or else on this system) really, really want me to notice and take corrective action should I have a stray broken symbolic link.

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  • My standard profile turns off the coloured highlighting from ls because I find the colours to be either distractingly jarring or simply unreadable.

    My preference is to turn on -F by default, so that I get the same information in a less disruptive way (directories have a trailing /, symlinks an @, and sockets an =).

    If you're going to stick with the blinking, you'll want to avoid looking in directories where someone has used a cool symlink hack [] :-)