in reply to Re^2: fast count files
in thread fast count files

If you literally just want to count the files on the entire disk, this is by far the fastest simple method I know of.

It counts the 1.2 million files on my cold-cache, 640GB (400GB used) drive in a little under 7 minutes:

$t=time; $n = `attrib /s c:\\* | wc -l`; printf "$n : %.f\n", time()-$t;; 1233597 : 394

Try it and see how you fare. I vaguely remember finding a faster method years ago, and I'll try to remember enough to look it up.

Note: Don't do my @files = `attrib /s c:\\*`; my $n = scalar @files; All the memory allocation slows things down horribly.

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