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I'm trying to set a cron job for a script which will append current date/time and number of files in a certain directory a file. I'm able to do this for only number of files:

ls | wc -l >> /root/log.txt

But how can I include the date/time in this entry?

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$ echo "$(date) $(ls -1 | wc -l)" >> /root/log.txt
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Thanks for your speedy reply! – Cem Oct 9 '11 at 12:14

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