using rsync to get filestats

Mag Gam magawake at
Tue Oct 14 04:28:04 GMT 2008

Great. Thanks matt. I was using the find method, but I want to find a
better way to get my directory sizes. I suppose a find -printf may

If anyone else has suggestions please let me know.


On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 11:57 PM, Matt McCutchen <matt at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-13 at 22:50 -0400, Mag Gam wrote:
>> Would it be more efficient to use rsync to get filestats instead of
>> using the 'find' command? I would like to know how big a directory is
>> on a filesystem, but this directory has millions of small files. I was
>> wondering if rsync would be more efficient than find when using "-n"
>> options.
> I assume that by "filestats" you mean stat(2) information for each file,
> not aggregate statistics.  My guess is that "find" would be faster than
> "rsync -n" because it doesn't send the stat information to other
> processes like rsync does.  In addition, "find -printf" has a
> configurable output format, while the "rsync --list-only" output format
> is fixed.
> Matt

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