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Old 06-04-2011
Line and word count.

Im trying to make a bash file that will take another file and count how many lines there are and then count how many words are in each line.

Any help would be great.
# 2  
Old 06-04-2011
To calculate how many lines you can use,

wc -l filename.txt

To calulcate how many words /line,

awk '{print NR NF}' filename

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Old 06-04-2011
sed -n '$=' filename

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Old 06-06-2011
Thanks, but I'm unsure as to how to go about putting this in a script.

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Old 06-06-2011
seems like a home work Smilie

read about the variable assignment in shell script

Variable Assignment
# 6  
Old 06-06-2011
Ok i have researched this a little and coming across a few problems.

1. When this code is used.



while read 
el= wc -w; 
echo "$el";
echo "$lc";
done < "text.txt"

Its doing a total word count and not a line by line echo with the line number then the amount of words.

2. so i tried this.



while read
do el= wc -w;
echo "$el"
done < "text.txt"

while read
do lc=$(($lc+1));
echo "$lc";
done < "text.txt"

and still the wc is not going line by line im thinking it because wc is a built in function is this correct? if so what is an alternative i can use. Also with both word counts wc -w it is skipping the first line regardless of what is in it.

# 7  
Old 06-06-2011
el= wc -w;

the above will not work.

because for the wc command, you need the file name or any input
wc <options> filename

echo "This is test" | wc -l

and also, you need to use the backtick when you are trying to execute the command and strore the value.


count=`echo "This is the test" | wc -w`
echo $count

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