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There is a directory listing folder on web service look like this;

What is the best way to count a number of files or folders using a command line? (I tried to read manual about wget but I cannot do it.)

I do not want to download them, just count.

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Try something like:

wget -qO - | grep '^<tr><td' | wc -l

this number includes the 'Parent Directory' link, so you probably want to subtract one.

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