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Old 08-30-2008, 12:09 AM   #1
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@ symbol in directory listing


I would like to know what the @ symbol in a mac osx directory listing means...

-rwxr-xr-x@ 1 elesueur  elesueur  -           0  1 Jun 12:54 lucida_handwriting.ttf
secondly, this file displays a size of zero, yet when I open it in finder, the font exists and the information there says it's 60kb...

Can anyone explain this?
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by from 'man ls'
If the file or directory has extended attributes, the permissions field printed by the -l option is followed by a '@' character.

The extended attributes can be seen by using the 'xattr' command on that file:

xattr lucida_handwriting.ttf

I think it will show that the file has a "resource fork".
To see the size of the resource fork of that file, use:

ls -l lucida_handwriting.ttf/..namedfork/rsrc
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