Find the top 10 directories containing the highest number of files

find / -type f ! -regex '^/\(dev\|proc\|run\|sys\).*' | sed 's@^\(.*\)/[^/]*$@\1@' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n | tail -n 10
It can be used to pinpoint the path(s) where the largest number of files resides when running out of free i-nodes
Sample Output
[root@docker ~]# find / -type f ! -regex '^/\(dev\|proc\|run\|sys\).*' | sed 's@^\(.*\)/[^/]*$@\1@' | sort | uniq -c | sort -n | tail -n 10
    426 /usr/src/kernels/3.10.0-957.5.1.el7.x86_64/include/uapi/linux
    447 /usr/share/nmap/scripts
    623 /usr/lib64/python2.7
    712 /usr/bin
    732 /usr/share/man/man8
    877 /usr/share/man/man3
   1044 /usr/share/man/man1
   1112 /usr/src/kernels/3.10.0-957.1.3.el7.x86_64/include/linux
   1112 /usr/src/kernels/3.10.0-957.5.1.el7.x86_64/include/linux
  20000 /tmp/lotsoffiles
[root@docker ~]# cd /tmp/lotsoffiles
[root@docker lotsoffiles]# ls | wc -l

What Others Think

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geebranz · 28 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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