`wc` utility counts newline, word, and byte for file(s) or standard input.

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How to count occurances of phrase in grep, ignoring case?

I need to search for a name nicolas bomber with grep. Name can also be NiCoLaS BomBer. I need to run a .sh file which display the number of occurrences of that name. The command I made is this one: ...
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wc -l command issues in SunOs to Linux migration

We are migrating from SunOS to Linux. I'm facing some problem with wc -l command. When I used wc -l <file_name>, SunOS is giving leading spaces before count where as Linux there are no leading ...
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List files with line count and date

I want to be able to list files showing the number of lines the each file has and the date. I can happily get the line count using wc -l *. Not a problem. I can get the date using ls -l. Is there a ...
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cat command appears to be adding extra $ character at the end of each line

I am trying to create a file and it looks like the vi editor is adding a $ at the end of each line. I don't know what's causing this or how to prevent vi from doing it. vi file.txt 12345 abcde cat -...
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Why does “wc -c” print a value of one more with echo?

When running echo abcd | wc -c it returns 5. But the word abcd is only 4 characters long. Is echo printing some special character after the word abcd? And can I prevent echo from printing that?
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What will ls -l | wc -l command display?

Will: ls -l|wc -l Display the number of devices too? (Including files and directories)
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Count and compare files in Linux

I want to just compare the number of lines in two files. Below is the list of names of files. One file contains names/location of fastq files; the other file contains names/location of bam files. ...
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Command to print the number of *.pdf files in a chosen directory [duplicate]

I am currently not on a Linux machine. Would the following command produce my wanted result? ls | grep ".pdf" | wc
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How can I find files with a long first line?

currently I have a problem with a server. One user who is hosting a lot of sites got hacked and some of his php files were modified. Now I want to get a list of the infected files and also want to ...
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Save number of lines output to a variable in a shell script without consuming the output

I have a shell script where I have a if statement based off of the number output lines output from another call. (In my case do something there is more that 1 line of output). LINES=$(function_call | ...
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How do I count the number of files in all subdirectories and add the counts together

I am trying to count the number of file in each directory/subdirectory, add them together and get a total which I can then compare to another directory: #!/bin/bash echo "Checking directories for ...
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Count ONLY alphanumeric words in a specific column of a file

It's essentially what the title says - I'm given a test file and am supposed to be able to count the words in a specific column of a file. The catch is that there are some lines that contain only ...
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How many lines of code are in this file?

I'm trying to figure out how many lines of code I have for files that end in *.pp find . -name *.pp -type f | wc -l 39 I know that I have 39 files, how can I figure out how many lines of code ...
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Need something that is faster than “wc -l”

For a really big file like 1GB wc -l happens to be slow. Do we have a faster way calculating the number of newlines for a particular file?
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List files sorted by the number of lines they contain

How can I list the number of lines in the files in /group/book/four/word, sorted by the number of lines they contain? ls -l command lists them down but does not sort them
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wc command counts extra characters

cat > file Amy looked at her watch. He was late. The sun was setting but Jake didn’t care. wc file 1 16 82 file Can somebody explain why wc command returns 3 extra characters in this ...
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Append row count and date to filename

Is there a way to append both a row count and a date to a filename? I have a file I am creating in SAP and upon output I would like to run a script to change the filename per my client's ...
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bash shell loop through directory listing contents and executability

I'm currently working on a homework assignment and I need to take a given directory path and from that list the files and directories in it. While also including if it's executable or not. I'm also ...
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The wc -w command outputs incorrect answer [duplicate]

I have to find how many times the word shell is used in a file. I used grep "shell" test.txt | wc -w in order to count how many times that word has been used, but the result comes out 4 instead of 3. ...
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How does word count work for newline (-l)? Number of newlines or lines

I wonder how does wc work? Most times it seems to return the number of lines, but sometimes it seems to be newlines? In the man page its newlines. But: [jiewmeng@JM textFiles]$ echo -e "\n\n" | wc - ...
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how to count total number of words in a file?

I am looking for a command to count number of all words in a file. For instance if a file is like this, today is a good day then it should print 5, since there are 5 words there.
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jobs / wc: getting wierd return values

I can't make sense of these return values. When I run jobs -s | wc -l, I get different results depending on what directory I'm in. If I'm in the directory that I returned to after suspending the job,...
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How can I get the number of spaces characters in a string?

How can I check how many white spaces (' ', \t) there are in the first line of a file? Thanks
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List (or move) only files with a certain number of lines?

Dealing with a whole bunch of two-line config files, I'd like a way to exclude any files that have a different number of lines. So, something like: mv * destdir only if file contains exactly two ...
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How to count the number of lines in a UTF-16LE/CR-LF/BOM file?

The immediate thought is wc, but then the next not-so-immediate thought is... Is *nix's wc purely for *nix line endings \x0a?... It seems so. I've semi-wangled my way around it, but I feel there ...
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Recursively print file length

How to print the length of all *.txt files in a directory? Eg: Directory content: FileA.txt FileB.txt FileC.txt FileA.csv *.txt length: less FileA.txt | wc -l 43 less FileB.txt | wc -l 13 ...
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List extensions of files and their amount [duplicate]

I want to list file extensions and the number of files for this extensions at once. I tried this: ls -R | grep -Eo "\..+" | sort -u|wc -l but it only count the number of file extensions, without wc -l ...
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How to get the number of each punctuation mark from a file

grep '[".?!"]' Returns the lines that have one of these but I have no clue how to tell how many are in each line, let alone how many ., ?, and ! there are.
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What does ls -l | wc do?

I cannot figure out what this command does. It produces 3 numbers in my terminal but with no explanation of what those numbers are. I understand ls -l lists all files in log list format and wc is word ...
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using grep and wc commands to solve a problem

I am trying to figure out how to count the number of lines in file.txt that have at least ONE number or digit. So far I figure will count the amount of lines: wc -l filename.txt I then figure this ...
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Append the result of word count to the end of a file

I want to count the number of lines in example.txt and append the result to the end of this file. How can I do this? I tried: wc -l > example.txt
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line(records) Count and grep together in a one command on a dat file

I want to do a line count and get the number into a variable in a shell script. For eg. wc -l filename.dat gives 221 filename.dat I want to grep '221' into a variable, which I could use later. Can ...
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Select file based on number of lines and manipulate the result

I have a large number of files, all with the same format. line 1: Gene ID line 2: chromosomal position line 3 - x: names of genetic variants) I want to select only files containing at least 5 ...
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Big XML - copy data from nth Occurrences to another file

<XML> <Employee> <firstname></firstname><lastname></lastname> </Employee> <Employee> <firstname></firstname><lastname></lastname>...
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wc showing differences

I have 2 directories as below /appl/exe/04/dat>ls -alrt total 290 drwxrwxr-x 30 exceed exceed 1024 Jun 11 09:04 .. drwxrwxrwx 2 exceed exceed 138240 Aug 17 03:56 . /appl/exe/13/dat&...
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How to efficiently split up a large text file wihout splitting multiline records?

I have a big text file (~50Gb when gz'ed). The file contains 4*N lines or N records; that is every record consists of 4 lines. I would like to split this file into 4 smaller files each sized roughly ...
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How to find line with least characters

I am writing a shell script, using any general UNIX commands. I have to retrieve the line that has the least characters (whitespace included). There can be up to around 20 lines. I know I can use ...
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How to count the number of words of each sentences in a file using shell command?

I have text files like this: Mr.P.K.Baneerjee has visited the site today at 4.30pm The permit tag has been set in the ds busbar Opearation has been performed in presence of control engineer Opeation ...
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Recursively count occurrences of a word in identically named files in different directories

I've got several different directories that contain different versions of some files. I want to count a symbol in all versions of the same file. Here is an example of the hierarchy. directory ...
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How can I count the number of whitespace characters in a file?

I wanted to count the number of whitespace characters in a file. The best I could come up with was: tr -cd [:space:] < my_file | wc Is there a neater way?
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How to print few lines from middle of a file using unix shell commands? [closed]

My file containing the following lines, $BQ { VOL @home } database daba relation tcdeatid opendb clear .lruno := 72 <-- (This line lruno. := 72 has 10 times ...
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Extra space with counted line number?

I count the number of lines of my file with this command on OSX: nl=$(wc -l < ~/myfile.txt) Say, nl turns out to be 100. Now, I wish to use the result nl in another command, but weirdly, echo 1-...
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wc command issue

I have only one row in my file. When I execute wc -c file1.txt the result is 200, while the output of wc -L file1.txt is 198. What explains the difference of 2?
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`ls / | wc -l` tells more lines than `ls /` shows [duplicate]

ls / outputs two lines. $ ls / bin cdrom etc initrd.img lib lost+found mnt proc run share sys usr vmlinuz boot dev home initrd.img.old lib64 media opt root sbin ...
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grep with count of individual patterns

I have a file with MAC addresses (1/line with : as separator, sorted) and I need to find out how many times each of these MAC addresses appears in the file. I modified this: How to count occurrences ...
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A batch that cout the number of occurrences

I've to extract the number of words using each letter of the alphabet from A to Z. The script that i've to create create take as parameter the name of the dictionary file to analyze and will be used ...
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get file size and line count at the same time

I'm looking for a way to list all files in a directory, with both their size, and a line count. Right now I'm using stat -c \"%s %n\" /directory/* to get file names and sizes, and I know I can use ...
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trying to reproduce “Unknown test operator” on HP-UX

HP-UX **** B.11.31 U ia64 ***** unlimited-user license LINE_COUNT=`wc -l ${LOG_DIR}/file_transaction.log` if [ ${LINE_COUNT:-"0"} -ge 10000 ] then mv ${LOG_DIR}/file_transaction.log ${...
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Count tabs per line in text file with utils

I have a tab-tabulated file. I would like to check if every line has the same number of tabs. For first step, I'd like to print the number of tabs for each individual line. I've tried grep -o '\t' ...
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Why does “ls | wc -l” show the correct number of files in current directory? [duplicate]

Trying to count number of files in current directory, I found ls -1 | wc -l, which means: send the list of files (where every filename is printed in a new line) to the input of wc, where -l will count ...