Summarise the size of all files matching a simple regex

find /path/to/my/files/ -type f -name "*txt*" | xargs du -k | awk 'BEGIN{x=0}{x=x+$1}END{print x}'
Use the find command to match certain files and summarise their total size in KBytes.
Sample Output

2009-04-16 14:17:04

What Others Think

This is becoming a greatest hit on commandlinefu. awk allows use of uninitialized variables, so you could write: ... xargs du -k | awk '{t+=$1} END {print t}' Further, the job that xargs is doing can be done by find here using the multiple-args-per-invocation -exec option: find $DIR -type f -name "*txt*" -exec du -k {} + | awk '{t+=$1} END {print t}' The '{}' is where the filenames are put, and the '+' indicates to run du on many arguments at once. See 'man find' for more.
bwoodacre · 695 weeks and 5 days ago
Looks like the best way to do this is to us the -c option of du to produce a grand total, taking the place of the awk summation part.
bwoodacre · 688 weeks and 1 day ago
Assuming your version of du has a -c option of course (Solaris 10 bundled version doesn't).
unixmonkey3280 · 686 weeks and 5 days ago
seofox · 38 weeks and 4 days ago

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