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Raveolution 08-04-2010 01:42 PM

Word Count on Kate?
Is there a way I can get KDE Advanced Text Editor (KATE) to do word counts on documents I'm editing?


jasohl 08-04-2010 02:20 PM

Doesn't look like it provides the option by default. But might be a plugin or script that supports it. There are some discussions on it if your Google it.

Raveolution 08-04-2010 03:21 PM

I did google it. I didn't find anything. Posting to LQ was the last resort...

repo 08-04-2010 03:26 PM

PTrenholme 08-04-2010 03:34 PM

You can save the file, select "Focus Terminal" to open a terminal window in a tab with it CWD set to where you save the document, and then run wc on the saved document.

Raveolution 08-04-2010 03:50 PM


Originally Posted by repo (Post 4055896)

I read that one. I put the script in, rebooted Kate, and it did not work. I've been trying to get that one to work for hours. I did it exactly as Murz said to do it, too.

Raveolution 08-04-2010 04:22 PM

Heh. Okay, well I managed to rewrite the script to give KATE a working word count system. The problem with Murz's script was $msg was not being defined due to some mysterious bug.

So me went paleolithic on that script and me brute force it. Me spruce it up a little, too. Ooga booga.

Do everything Murz said, namely (just in case that web page disappears):

1. Go to Settings – Configure kate
2. In “plugins” enable “External tools”
3. Go to “External tools” tab
4. Click “New”
5. Label: Selection stat

6. Now write the script this way:


msgww=`echo -E %text |wc -w`;msgwl=`echo -E %text | wc -l`;msgwb=`echo -E %text |wc -c`;msgsw=`echo -E %selection | wc -w`;msgsl=`echo -E %selection|wc -l`;msgsb=`echo -E %selection|wc -c`;kdialog --title "File Statistics" --msgbox "Selection:\nWord Count:        $msgsw \nLines:                $msgsl\nBytes:                $msgsb\n\n\nWhole Document:\nWord Count:        $msgww\nLines:                $msgwl\nBytes:                $msgwb\n\n\n"
7. Executable: kdialog

8. Command line name: selection_stat

Go to Tools, external tools, select "selection stat".

This will work whether you selected some text or want statistics on the entire document.

It now looks almost exactly like what you'd see in Textpad.

PTrenholme 08-04-2010 05:56 PM

O.K., I looked at the code suggested, cut it, and pasted it into Kate. It didn't work for me, either until I pasted it into the Kate terminal. When I did that, I noticed that the backquote, quote, and single-quote characters in the command line had be "converted" to the extended (typographically correct, of course) forms. They look correct in the Kate edit window, but you need to go through and overtype them with the standard keyboard characters. You also need to replace the "-message" by a "--msgbox" in the kdiaog command. (The single, long, dash should, of course, be a double-dash.)

When that's done, you'll get a nice pop-up with the wc outpit in it for whatever you've selected.

Here's what I have in the "Script" section:

if [ -n "%selection" ]
 msg=`echo -E "%selection" |\
 wc -cmwl |\
 sed 's/\s*\([0-9]*\)\s*\([0-9]*\)\s*\([0-9]*\)\s*\([0-9]*\)/Bytes: \4\nCharacters: \3\nWords: \2\nLines: \1/'`
  kdialog --msgbox "$msg"
  msg="Please select the text for which you desire statistics."
  kdialog --error "$msg"

Raveolution 08-05-2010 11:10 AM


Originally Posted by PTrenholme (Post 4056029)
O.K., I looked at the code suggested, cut it, and pasted it into Kate. It didn't work for me, either until I pasted it into the Kate terminal...

Awesome deal. I knew it wasn't just me. So how do we mark this thread as solved?

GrapefruiTgirl 08-05-2010 11:11 AM

If it's solved, check the "Thread Tools" drop-down right atop the 1st post. :)

begtognen 10-02-2010 09:28 AM

Hmm. I followed the instructions, using PTrenholme's code in the Script section.

I was able to do everything required, but when I exited Kate and restarted, there were no options under External Tools, and no scripts listed under the External Tools menu.

Is this because I'm running Kate under Gnome, do you think? Or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks so much for any help/suggestions you might have.

PTrenholme 10-03-2010 03:04 PM

Hum. Well, I tried replacing the kdialog call with a dialog call, and it still failed to work on a GNOME system. So, all I can think of is that kate is using a KDE-specific method of running an embedded script. (Since kate is part of the KDE development kit, having an embedded KDE dependency is, of course, neither surprising nor a bug.)

Does gedit support script extensions? If it does, perhaps the script, or its equivalent, could be used with it.

begtognen 10-05-2010 07:49 AM

Ptrenholme - Thanks so much for getting back to me. I checked, and it turns out that gedit supports wordcount natively. Hooray!

Zelator 12-11-2011 04:12 AM

Solution works for Kate 3.5.3
Thanks Raveolution! I've just installed Mepis 11 and my old fix was no good. Someday the Kate developers may supply a wordcount, but until then I'll have to rely on heroes like you. Or learn to code it myself.

quixote9 05-12-2012 06:58 PM

I know that this is an old thread, but word count in Kate is such a huge gap, and PTrenholme's script at comment #8 actually provides a solution. So I felt I had to point that out, because here it is, 2012, and I searched for hours before stumbling on this. I'm using kde 4.7 running under LinuxMintDebian squeeze, with update4 applied.

Step by step: Sessions > Configure Kate. Under Application > Plugins, I ticked the box for "External Tools". Hit "Apply". That causes an "External Tools" entry to appear as a choice under Application. Select Application > External Tools, select the "New" button. Give the script any label that means something to you, copy and paste PTrenholme's script into the script box, under Executable enter "kdialog" (without the quotes), mime types can be left blank, Save can be None, and command is whatever you want to call this command. For instance "wcount".

Now, if you go to Tools > External Tools one of the choices will be wcount (or whatever you called it). If you use it often, you can go to Sessions > Configure Shortcuts and give it a keyboard shortcut.

(Oh, and hint to the Kate devs: INCLUDE THIS AS STANDARD WITH KATE :D )

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