Recursive Line Count

wc -l `find . -name *.php`

By: crashrox
2009-03-25 15:06:06

What Others Think

First, Second, why is this even remotely useful?
atoponce · 661 weeks and 4 days ago
atoponce, I think the real question is why should this be considered non-trivial enough to be included here? Personally, I don't care as much about the usefulness, as the non-trivialness. I personally don't find many of the commands useful -- but others might, in different circumstances. I don't see different circumstances turning the trivial into non-trivial, though.
ozymandias · 661 weeks and 4 days ago
@ozymandias I have no idea what you're trying to say.
atoponce · 661 weeks and 4 days ago
find . -iname '*php' -exec wc -l {} \; as a better alternative
salparadise · 661 weeks and 4 days ago
atoponce, it's usefulness does not matter to me. What is important is non-trivialness. This is not a place to document all possible command functions -- only the non-obvious. Using find to create a list of files to pass to wc is pretty darn trivial. Any shell user worth their salt should be able to come up with an identical solution to that problem instantly.
ozymandias · 661 weeks and 3 days ago
@salparadise I don't find this to be a better alternative, as it doesn't display a total line count.
erikhansen · 643 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 1 week and 1 day ago
seofox · 1 week and 1 day ago

What do you think?

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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