Old 29th August 2009, 22:03
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When I run an ls -al command on a directory, obviously, it lists the file. However, preceding the list is a line that says "total 29384734" with some random number. What statistic does this number represent? Total directory file size? Number of files in the directory?

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Old 1st September 2009, 14:13
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I think so, this includes the hidden/system files and the files inside the directories/sub-directories as well.

(because it does not add up to the size of the files).
you can get an idea by doing ls -alR
or use find command like find /root/
or find /home/$USER/

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