word count with grep

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word count with grep


It is very interesting to learn the unix, i just struck with a doubt like i have below content in my file
xyz xyz

i just want know the word count by using grep -wc 'xyz' <filename>,
but it is giving 3 instead of 4.So i understood that it is showing matched line numbers count instead of matched word count.Is there any way to find the number of matching words using grep?I tried this one in MAC oS.
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grep -o xyz file | wc -l

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hi ...
try this one...
tr [:blank:] ['\n'] < file name | grep -c "search string"

---------- Post updated at 02:35 PM ---------- Previous update was at 02:19 PM ----------

tr -cs 'A-Za-z' '\n' < file name | grep -c "string"

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