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# 1  
Old 10-15-2010
Data Alternative for wc -l

Hi techies ..

This is my first posting hr ..

Am facing a serious performance problem in counting the number of lines in the file. The input files i get will be in some 10 to 15 Gb of size or even sometimes more ..and I will load it to db

I have used wc -l to confirm whether the loader has loaded entire data ...the couting operaion alone consumes more than 45 to 50 mins ...could someone suggest me any other way to get the count of lines in files ..Smilie

pls note I cant use sed due to the coding standards followed here pls excuse ..

Any other swifting workaround would be really helpfull ..and appreciatedSmilie
# 2  
Old 10-15-2010
awk 'END{print NR}' yourfile

# 3  
Old 10-15-2010
awk 'END{print NR}' yourfile
Out of interest, I tried this on a 5 million record text file and the result came out as an exponential number. The result from "wc -l" was correct.
Anybody know how to get awk to count a large number of records?

How many records in a typical file?
Are they fixed length records? If so, we could calculate the number of records from the file size.

What database engine is this? It may be quicker to write a count program in a high level language.
# 4  
Old 10-15-2010
Maybe use printf instead?

I think wc is just optimized for this task. Anyway here is a little C program you can compile with your favourite C compiler, for example:
gcc -Wall -o wcc wcc.c
# and then issue
./wcc yourfile

and try it out.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

#define MAX 2048

int main(int argc, char** argv)
        char zbuf[MAX];
        long int z=0;
        FILE *fp;

        if( !fp )
                fprintf(stderr, "Error: File %s could not be opened.\n", argv[1]);
                exit (EXIT_FAILURE);
                while ( fgets(zbuf, MAX, fp) )
        printf("Line count: %li\n", z);
        exit (EXIT_SUCCESS);
        return 0;

I have set the maximum line length to 2048 - maybe you want to increase this if it is not sufficient for your file. Maybe worth a try. I am no C programmer so maybe someone has even an idea to improve it.

It could be also the case that your hardware/OS is the bottle neck - just a guess.

Last edited by zaxxon; 10-15-2010 at 10:01 AM.. Reason: changed printf to long integer according to definition of z
# 5  
Old 10-15-2010
Have you tried this:
awk 'END{printf ("%d\n", NR)}' yourfile

# 6  
Old 10-15-2010
awk 'END{printf ("%d\n", NR)}' yourfile
Brilliant. Took 37 seconds for 5 million 80-character records.
Let's see how the O/P gets on.
# 7  
Old 10-15-2010
To me:
# echo "10000000000000000000" | awk '{printf ("%d\n", $0)}'
# echo "100000000000000000000" | awk '{printf ("%d\n", $0)}'

Maybe there is another way, that is also fast!

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