Finding the total size of a set of files with awk

If you need to sum the total size of files in a directory or matching a pattern, an easy solution is to use awk.

I needed to calculate this total for a set of javascript files, I used this command line:

$ find App/ -name '*.js' -exec ls -l \{\} \; | awk '{sum+=$5} END {print sum}'

For a human readable result, you can divide your result and use printf to format it:

$ find App/ -name '*.js' -exec ls -l \{\} \; | awk '{sum+=$5} END {printf("%.2fM\n", sum/1024/1024)}'