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Directory Size in Windows ActivePerl

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Hey All,

For fun, I'm trying to write a small script to determine where the majority of my space is being taken up. Unfortunately, on Windows, when I use the -s function on a directory, it returns 0, not the total size of the files/directories contained in the directory.

I looked for some modules to help with this, but I can't seem to find anything that works (on Windows - I'm sure they would work on Linux, but I'm not switching to Linux to use them.

Does anyone know of any easy-to-install Windows modules to find the total size of a directory?

Nov 9 '08 #1
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You can shell out to windows commands for that but its not clear what type of output you want. Here is an example:

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  1. $dir = qx{dir c:\\windows};
  2. print $dir;
At the DOS prompt type:

dir /?

to get a listing of the dir commands options.

You can also use a module like File::Find but that will drill down through all the sub directories as well and you will need to write a function to add up the file sizes.
Nov 9 '08 #2

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