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Old 06-03-2009
Search and Count Occurrences of Pattern in a File

I need to search and count the occurrences of a pattern in a file. The catch here is it's a pattern and not a word ( not necessarily delimited by spaces). For eg. if ABCD is the pattern I need to search and count, it can come in all flavors like (ABCD, ABCD), XYZ.ABCD=100, XYZ.ABCD>=500, XYZ.ABCD = 200 etc.

I tried using something like below for Word search and count ( got if from another post trying to count occurrences of word , but not sure how I could fit this in for a string which is not necessarily delimited.

    while read strLine
    for eachWord in `echo $strLine`
    if [ "$eachWord" = "$srchWord" ]
    ctr=`expr $ctr + 1`
    done < srchFilename
    printf "\n\ntheFile contains %s : %d times\n\n" $srchWord $ctr

Example of file contents and two specific search scenarios I am trying to address
lab_may09_params_tbl.AMF <= 59)

Scenarios which I need to address:-

1. Search by ADB_STFC_BAL
Expected Result : Count 9

Expected Result : Count 6

Any help with altering the above script to use the pattern or any ather approaches to solve the problem using awk or so are greatly appreciated. Files are pretty large and I need to do this for around 200 words.

Thanks in advance !
# 2  
Old 06-03-2009
something to start with:
nawk '{cnt+=gsub("ADB_STFC_BAL","&")}END {print cnt}' myFile.txt

Last edited by vgersh99; 06-03-2009 at 09:49 AM..
# 3  
Old 06-16-2009
Thanks certainly helps.. don't have nawk in our server tried with awk and it works.. Have a few addl qs as I am not very familiar with awk..

I want to assign this output to a variable say $COUNT. Also assuming that my filename and pattern are stored in $i and $j respectively, how do I modify this same awk command? My intent is to pass the script a filelist and pattern list and loop thru it.

In the above example $i=myfile2.txt and $j=ADB_STFC_BAL

Thanks in advance for your help
# 4  
Old 06-16-2009
Hammer & Screwdriver Another approach, and lesson in expressions

I copied your file to a temp file on my system, called file26.

> tr " " "\n" <file26 | grep "ADB_STFC_BAL" | wc -l

> tr " " "\n" <file26 | grep "PABC_CUST_ACCT_DETL_CURR.ADB_STFC_BAL" | wc -l

> tr " " "\n" <file26 | grep 'PABC\.CUST_ACCT_DETL_CURR.ADB_STFC_BAL' | wc -l

Note that I matched your first count correctly. Now take a look at the 2nd and 3rd commands. A . in grep means to match any character, so I had to do a \. to escape the . character to precisely match on it.
And 4 & 2 are the correct match counts for your input file.

By the way, I often use this trick of replacing a space character with a new line [the first tr command] when trying to find unique matching.
# 5  
Old 06-16-2009

COUNT=$(awk '{cnt+=gsub(pat,"&")}END {print cnt}' pat="${j}" "${i}")

# 6  
Old 06-16-2009
Thanks again vgersh99.. I was able to get this working. But encountered in an awk error on some files

awk: Input line 06/15/2009 05:08:18. cannot be longer than 3,000 bytes.

Alternately, I tried accomplishing this using shell script

CNT=` cat $j | grep -i $i | sed 's/'$i'/&\n/g' | grep -wi $i | wc -l `

instead of

CNT=` awk -v pat=${i} '{cnt+=gsub(pat,"&")}END {print cnt}' $j `

That seemed to work on linux, but does not on HP-UX

Any ideas what I need to change to get it working in HP-UX
# 7  
Old 06-17-2009
This might work for you.

ctr=`grep -io $srchword $srchfile| wc -l`

Last edited by BubbaJoe; 06-17-2009 at 02:14 PM..
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