Count files and directories
Count the number of files and directories in the current directory.
Consider the following script
% cat ~/bin/count_files_dirs.sh set -- * files=$# set -- */ dirs=$# echo "Number of files in $PWD: $files (including $dirs directories)"
Make it executable
% chmod +x ~/bin/count_files_dirs.sh
Go to the directory of interest and run it
rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % cd ~ rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % count_files_dirs.sh Number of files in /home/rajulocal: 63 (including 55 directories) rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % cd x rajulocal@hogwarts ~/x % count_files_dirs.sh Number of files in /home/rajulocal/x: 165 (including 6 directories) rajulocal@hogwarts ~/x % cd ~/bin rajulocal@hogwarts ~/bin % count_files_dirs.sh Number of files in /home/rajulocal/bin: 7 (including 1 directories)
To list the directory names
set -- */; echo $@
Reference and further reading
I found this script in the "Introduction" section of the book "Shell Scripting Recipes - A Problem-Solution Approach" by Chris F. A. Johnson, published in 2005.