find . -type f -name "*.c" -exec cat {} \; | wc -l

Make a statistic about the lines of code

use find to grep all .c files from the target directory, cat them into one stream, then piped to wc to count the lines
Sample Output
18186
or some number else

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By: foremire
2009-07-30 10:06:51

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What Others Think

To ignore whitespace only lines in the count, use grep which can both search and count: find . -type f -name "*.c" -exec cat {} + | grep -Evc '^[:space:]*$' This will also be faster due changing \; to +.
bwoodacre · 459 weeks and 5 days ago
Yeah, using + at the end of -exec is much faster than \; Thanks
foremire · 459 weeks and 4 days ago

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