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Re: question about ls

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 10:57:56AM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Thursday 27 September 2018 08:31:27 Greg Wooledge wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 10:27:03PM +0000, Long Wind wrote:
> > > can ls show number of items in a folder?Thanks!
> >
> > https://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashFAQ/004
> And finally, an "ls -l|wc -l" from the cli gives the answer to the 
> question asked.

The question that was asked was a yes-or-no question.  And the answer to
it is "no".  However, some people will not perceive "no" to be a USEFUL
answer, so I provided an answer with much more depth.

"ls -l|wc -l" gives you the number of newlines contained in a stream
generated by printing the names of SOME of the files in the current
working directory.

It omits all of the filenames that begin with a period.

It includes all of the newlines that are contained within filenames, and
thus gives an inaccurate count if any of the filenames contain newlines.

Since this is a Debian mailing list, I won't attempt to go into the
behaviors of ls on other Unix-based systems.  The two problems already
mentioned should suffice for this list.

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