locate -S

Get a brief overview of how many files and directories are installed

To start, you first need to make sure updatedb has been run/updatedb, and initialized the db: su -l root -c updatedb This locate command is provided through the mlocate package, installed by default on most GNU/Linux distributions. It's available on the BSDs as well. Not sure about support for proprietary UNIX systems. The output is self-explanatory- it provides an overview of how many directories and files are on your system.
Sample Output
Database /var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db:
        39,450 directories
        601,240 files
        29,555,314 bytes in file names
        9,546,294 bytes used to store database

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By: atoponce
2010-06-25 14:39:49

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