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Get lines count of a list of files

Terminal - Get lines count of a list of files
find . -name "*.sql" -print0 | wc -l --files0-from=-
2009-06-22 17:45:03
User: vincentp
Functions: find wc
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Get lines count of a list of files

This command gives you the number of lines of every file in the folder and its subfolders matching the search options specified in the find command. It also gives the total amount of lines of these files.

The combination of print0 and files0-from options makes the whole command simple and efficient.

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What others think

Less typing if you use the multi-argument -exec feature of find:

find . -name "*.sql" -exec wc -l {} +

this will invoke wc once as well. Also bash 4.0 and zsh support the ** globbing string which I believe means "at any depth" so you could accomplish your goal in those shells with something like

wc -l **/*.sql

I'm not sure if you also have to include ./*.sql in addition to **/*.sql to get files in the cwd.

Comment by bwoodacre 308 weeks and 4 days ago

Didn't know about the ?-exec command {} +? multi argument option for find. That's a nice one, thanks :)

Comment by vincentp 308 weeks and 4 days ago

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