Faster iteration over thousands of files

I'm trying to do something on ~200,000 files in a single folder.

When I do this:

for i in *; do /bin/echo -n "."; done

One dot is printed every few seconds. The same operation on a folder with a hundred files works blazingly fast.

Why is this so? How to accelerate the process for folders with thousands of files?


Try this with GNU find:

find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -printf "."

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