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Old 11-04-2009
Counting words

Is there a way to count the no. of words in all files in directory. All are text files.I use wc -w but somehow i am not getting the rite answer.
Is there an alternative.
Thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 11-04-2009

Not sure what you mean by "not getting the rite answer for wc -w". Well, since you want the word count of all files in the dir, I would try the below code -

ls -1 > /tmp/files

while read files

   COUNT=`wc -w $files`
   echo $COUNT

   #you can do it even without using a variable

done < /tmp/files 
rm /tmp/files

# 3  
Old 11-04-2009
What is the output of
wc -w *

and why is it not what you expected?
# 4  
Old 11-04-2009
I got the problem. That's because my code is ignoring the sub directories. Thanks all for your help
# 5  
Old 11-04-2009
you mean like this? Or do you want the grand total as well?
find -type f -exec wc -w {} \;

# 6  
Old 11-04-2009
I need the grand total as well
# 7  
Old 11-04-2009
Like this then?
find -type f -exec wc -w {} \;|awk '{tot+=$1}1;END{print tot" total"}'

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