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Old 05-08-2006
question about wc

Hey my friend was asking me if i knew a way to cout how many different words in a file. I told him no not off hand, but i was thinking about it, and i started to wonder also. I imagine this is probably pretty simple im just missing something, I keep confusing my self with how you would compair and filter out the same words twice or more. If any one knows of a way to do this id like to know.....

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Old 05-08-2006
may sound weird but give it a try,

1) get all the words in a single column. example say your file is

a b df sd ff d

make it

2) sort the output of step 1
3) use uniq command on the output of step2
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Old 05-08-2006
oh i see, i didnt know about the uniq command, thanks a lot!
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Old 05-08-2006
post back if you get something, would like to see if it really works out.
theoretically it should work fine
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Old 05-08-2006
sort -u filename|wc
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Old 05-08-2006
Originally Posted by mrn
sort -u filename|wc
dont thinks this will work
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Old 05-08-2006
Works on AIX / Solaris / HP & Redhat
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