Determining the number of files in a directory

Daniel Bye freebsd-questions at
Sat Nov 3 05:50:01 PDT 2007

On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 12:41:51PM +0000, Daniel Bye wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 05:27:06AM -0700, White Hat wrote:
> > This is probably a dumb question; however, I never let a little thing like 
> > that bother me in the past.
> Heheh! You and many more, my friend, myself absolutely included!
> > Using FreeBSD-6.2 and Bash, how do I determine the number of files in a 
> > given directory? I have tried all sorts of combinations using different 
> > flags with the 'ls' command; however, none of them displays the number of 
> > files in the directory.
>  $ ls | wc -l
> will show you how many files and directories in the current (target)
> directory. To count just files, and exclude directories, you could try
> something like
>  $ find /target/directory -type f -print | wc -l

Except of course, that would descend into the subdirectories you're trying
not to count... Sorry - an object lesson in not hitting send before you've
tested what you scribbled.


Daniel Bye
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