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Old 01-09-2008
Display the count of files

I am new to shell programming. Can anyone help me out with anyone of these?

Display a count of the number of regular files, the number of symbolic links, the number of sub-directories, the number of block-special files, and the number of character-special files in the directory.

I don't know how to do any of them. If you can help with one, I'm sure I can figure out the rest. Any help is useful. Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2008
to find files of particular type, man find
to count files, man wc
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Old 01-09-2008
to find files

>ls -l | cut -c1 | grep "-" | wc -l

list all files
cut the first character; type of entry
select for a file (not directory, etc)
give a count of number of lines
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Old 01-09-2008
Thanks both of you. Both answers proved to be very useful. I now have a much better understanding of find and wc. also, I now feel very confident about the pipe key, whereas before I was somewhat unsure about it. thanks again.

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Old 01-09-2008
Originally Posted by joeyg
>ls -l | cut -c1 | grep "-" | wc -l

list all files
cut the first character; type of entry
select for a file (not directory, etc)
give a count of number of lines
you can combine cut and grep
# ls -l | awk '/^-/'|wc -l
# ls -l | awk '/^-/{c++}END{print c}'

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