Wednesday, July 24, 2002 01:02 PM
How would you propose to do your "estimate"?
One thing I could imagine would be, find the total size of the filesystem/partition, use some guess for the average size of files, and divide? (partition size / avg filesize = approx. num files)
But of course that would only be reasonable if you knew something about the kind of files involved, to get some reasonable guess about their average size.
And, depending on the minimum cluster size of the filesystem (the worst would be old FAT), lots of tiny files might use up extra space, and thus mess up your estimates...