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find /some/path -type f -and -iregex '.*\.mp3$' -and -print0 | tr -d -c '\000' |wc -c
2012-03-31 21:57:33
User: kyle0r
Functions: find tr wc
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In this example, the command will recursively find files (-type f) under /some/path, where the path ends in .mp3, case insensitive (-iregex).

It will then output a single line of output (-print0), with results terminated by a the null character (octal 000). Suitable for piping to xargs -0. This type of output avoids issues with garbage in paths, like unclosed quotes.

The tr command then strips away everything but the null chars, finally piping to wc -c, to get a character count.

I have found this very useful, to verify one is getting the right number of before you actually process the results through xargs or similar. Yes, one can issue the find without the -print0 and use wc -l, however if you want to be 1000% sure your find command is giving you the expected number of results, this is a simple way to check.

The approach can be made in to a function and then included in .bashrc or similar. e.g.

count_chars() { tr -d -c "$1" | wc -c; }

In this form it provides a versatile character counter of text streams :)

perl -e "binmode(STDOUT, ':utf8'); print \"$@\""; echo # newline
2012-01-02 10:34:51
User: mathias
Functions: echo perl
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This is especially useful to get crazy stuff like space characters copied to your pasteboard correctly.

Source: https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.functions