Get lines count of a list of files

find . -name "*.sql" -print0 | wc -l --files0-from=-
This command gives you the number of lines of every file in the folder and its subfolders matching the search options specified in the find command. It also gives the total amount of lines of these files. The combination of print0 and files0-from options makes the whole command simple and efficient.
Sample Output
106 ./bt335/blah/bt335/
291 ./bt335/
128 ./bt335/foo/BT335-20080901/bt335/
121 ./bar/
646 total

By: vincentp
2009-06-22 17:45:03

What Others Think

Less typing if you use the multi-argument -exec feature of find: find . -name "*.sql" -exec wc -l {} + this will invoke wc once as well. Also bash 4.0 and zsh support the ** globbing string which I believe means "at any depth" so you could accomplish your goal in those shells with something like wc -l **/*.sql I'm not sure if you also have to include ./*.sql in addition to **/*.sql to get files in the cwd.
bwoodacre · 609 weeks and 3 days ago
Didn't know about the ?-exec command {} +? multi argument option for find. That's a nice one, thanks :)
vincentp · 609 weeks and 3 days 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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