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How can I get the number of inodes used by files in a given directory tree? Important: including hidden directories under it, like .git

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@ptman: thanks, but my problem is mostly about the "Important" warning... – greg0ire May 24 '13 at 10:11
And why would find . exclude those? – ptman May 24 '13 at 10:13
Woops, turns out it does not, you're right – greg0ire May 24 '13 at 10:18

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As found on

find . -printf '%i\n' | sort -u | wc -l

Or if you don't have GNU find and need a portable version:

find . -exec ls -id '{}' \; | awk '{print $1}' | sort -u | wc -l
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solaris wont like that because of the multiple spaces before the inode number, you also need to uniquely sort before counting lines, as im sure you know. find . -exec ls -id {} \; |awk '{print $1}' | sort -u | wc -l – Sirch May 24 '13 at 11:51
@Sirch you are of course correct. Fixed. – ptman May 24 '13 at 13:02

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