I am trying to get the disk usage of all the files present in a particular directory using the following commands and I am getting different answers for both. Could anyone explain why?

find ./ -type f -name '*.*' -exec du -csh {} + | grep total$
83M total

find ./ -type f -exec du -csh {} + | grep total$
101M total
38M  total

1 Answer 1


Most likely you have files that don't match *.*.


find . -type f ! -name '*.*'
  • Thanks for the answer. Could you also explain why there are two values in the second case ?
    – Stuti
    Sep 6, 2018 at 21:39
  • @Stuti It should be clear from running your pipeline without the final grep part.
    – Kusalananda
    Sep 6, 2018 at 21:55
  • There are two result lines because there are too many names for one invocation of du, it is split in two.
    – RalfFriedl
    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:25

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