[ubuntu] Unexpected output from command ls -1

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello! I'm pretty new to Linux and using the command line. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 When I try to view the permission for a directory using ls -1, I just get a listing of the files and subdirectories in the folder. I thought ls -1 would give you output that might look something like this: -rw-rw-r-- 1 me me 1097374 Sep 26 18:48 some_file instead I get something like this: Desktop Downloads Music Pictures etc etc etc What am I doing wrong? Thanks! (Hardware)