shell command to view file properties?

Asked by johnnynyquist

When I right-click on a file in nautilus, I can select 'properties' and bring up a dialog box with info about the file. Is there a shell command which can be used to do the same thing from the command line? I still want the interactive dialog to show up, but I want to invoke it with a shell command instead of a right-click (i.e. I'm not looking for a terminal-mode file properties command). any help?

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

Do a ls -l and see :)


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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :

ls -l (small L)

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johnnynyquist (johnnynyquist) said :

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm familiar with shell commands. I'm looking for the command that brings up the file-properties dialog box in nautilus.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You can also use:

file filename

and it will tell you what sort of file it is. If the file is an audio file:

mencoder -identify filename

Will show more info

There are lots of things like this. Imagemagick can show image properties too:

All good fun :)

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Stanley Jobbson (jan-ruhlaender) said :

I'm also looking for a solution to open the nautilus properties dialog for a given file via CLI.

It's almost unbelievable that there is no buildin solution to do that.

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