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What is the plus sign at the end of the permissions telling me?

ls -l
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drwxrwxrwx+ 2 benson avahi-autoipd 4096 Jan 27 17:37 docs

Here’s the context:

cat /etc/issue
\CentOS release 5.3 (Final)
Kernel \r on an \m

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Suggestion: 1

It means your file has extended permissions called ACLs.

You have to run getfacl <file> to see the full permissions.

See Access Control Lists for more details.

Suggestion: 2

via man page ‘ls’

“If the file or directory has extended security information,
the permissions field printed by the -l option is followed
by a ‘+’ character.”

This generally means the file is encumbered with access
restrictions outside of the traditional Unix permissions –
likely Access Control List (ACL).