total number of files inside current directory

ls -R | wc -l

2013-06-05 08:56:00
ls wc

What Others Think

Obviously false. ls -R has its own screen formatting mixing directory names, filenames and blank lines. *Never parse the output of ls command, it is evil ** Better is : find . -type f | wc -l but even this may not be exact if you do not have the permissions to scan all the subdirs or if there are badly formatted filenames with newlines inside.
jld · 295 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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