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-rwxr-x--- 1 root root    72932 Jan 16  2007 useradd

How will we find user add is a file or directory..
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by:woolmilkporc
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See the first column.

A dash ( "-") indicates a regular file.

A directory is indicated by "d" in the first colum.

Likewise, "l" indicates a soft (symbolic) link, "s" a socket, "b" a block special file, "c" a character special file and "p" indicates a FIFO named pipe.

ls -l | grep ^-

lists all regular files,

ls -l | grep ^d

lists all directories etc.
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you can always use the command file , e.g.

file useradd
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You can use file (man file) to tell if it is a file or directory, example -

file abc.pem 
abc.pem: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
file ec/
ec/: directory

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Edited: looks like omarfarid mentioned already.
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ok
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If you feel that you need to change the accepted answer, you can request attention of an administrator who can reopen the question for you.

You can always choose / split points among multiple answers
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