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Old 06-02-2004, 07:22 PM   #1
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finding the number of files in each directory

I'm trying to find the number of files in each directory, but I can only get the overall total. My directory structure is as follows: /music/artist/album/song.mp3

I've created a list of each song in each album using...
ls -l /music/*/* > music_dump

Ultimately, I'd like to know which albums contain 13 songs, but I can't even figure out how to count each album. I've tried piping wc -l to the end, but that returns the total number of all songs.

Does not work...
ls -l /music/*/* | wc -l

Any ideas?
Old 06-02-2004, 10:26 PM   #2
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Not completely accurate, but it's a start without getting complicated. I had to add a hack to treat directory names with single ticks and spaces, you may find that there are other characters the shell does not like.


for i in `find . -type d`; do
  DIRNAME=`echo $i | sed "s/'/\\'/g"`
  echo "Directory $i has [`ls $DIRNAME | wc -l`] songs"


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