dndir(1) Display VMS directories


dndir [options] directory
[-sdpbolcntVh] [-w width] [-f filename width]


dndir displays the contents of directories on VMS systems.
It behaves similarly to the ls command in that, by default, it will display filenames in columns across the screen if the output is a TTY or in a single column otherwise. Options can be added to the command line to display more information about the files or to adjust the column widths.
The directory name should be in the usual transparent DECnet format of node"user password"::directory (see EXAMPLES ). If a wildcard specification is omitted from the command line then *.*;* is assumed.
As with the dncopy and dntype commands, the VMS file specification should be enclosed in single quote marks to protect special characters from the shell.


Shows the VMS file size in 512-byte blocks or bytes if the -b switch is present.
Shows the file creation date.
Shows the file protection.
Shows the file's owner.
Shows the file size in bytes rather than 512 byte blocks
Long format - shows all of the above (including the file size in bytes)
Show the total number of blocks in all the files listed. Note that this works even if you did not ask for the size to be displayed.
-T connect timeout
Specifies the maximum amount of time the command will wait to establish a connection with the remote node. a 0 here will cause it to wait forever. The default is 60 seconds
Show (nearly) everything about the file. Like DIR/FULL
Do not show the header line with the VMS directory name on it. This is useful for embedding dndir in a pipeline.
Force the output to single column even on a TTY.
-w N
Sets the width of a column to be N characters. The default is 22. This option only has an effect on the brief (default) output to a TTY device.
-f N
Sets the width of the displayed filename to be N characters. The default is 18. If the filename is longer than this number then any requested file attributes will be displayed on the next line.
-h -?
Displays help for using the command.
Show the version of the tools package that dncopy comes from.


  dndir 'myvax::'

  dndir 'tramp"christine pjc123"::[.pics.cats]*.jpg'

  dndir 'trisha"system -"::sys$system:*.exe'
  Prompts for a password rather than typing it on the command line.