Quick and dirty ‘find’ and ‘du’ trick

Want to know how much space the files you found with the ‘find -name’ command occupy? Try this:

find -name \*SOMEPATTERN\* -print0 | du -c --files0-from=-

What happens here is:

  1. Add the ‘-print0’ parameter to the find command to use 0 instead of newline after each file
  2. Add the ‘–files0-from=-‘ to instruct ‘du’ to read a 0-terminated list of filenames, the ‘-‘ specifies ‘read from stdin’

Simple!