Count all files in a directory

ls | wc -l
ls -1 shows one file per line (update: -1 was not really needed) wc -l counts the lines received from the previous command
Sample Output
345

-3
By: Sebasg
2013-01-22 03:35:35
ls wc

What Others Think

-1 is not necessary since the output of ls is not going to a terminal.
cfajohnson · 468 weeks and 1 day ago
Wow, so ls has a different behavior when going to a terminal than to a pipe! I didn't know that could happen. That could have been a big source of hard to find bugs for me!
Sebasg · 468 weeks and 1 day ago

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