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Old 02-06-2004, 07:05 PM   #1
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Bash quirk?


K here's an interesting thing I just found (bags not manually counting words lol)...

if you run either of these you would expect the same result, right?

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wc -w foo.c

cat foo.c | tr ' ' '\n' | wc -l | awk '{print $1}'
but if you run it on a big file it gives you a complete different number... (i.e. I have a project I'm writing, the 1st statement gives me 315 words, the second 602...)

Is there any difference in the statements?
 
Old 02-06-2004, 07:29 PM   #2
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cat foo.c | tr -s ' ' '\n' | wc -l | awk '{print $1}'
 
Old 02-06-2004, 07:30 PM   #3
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well done :-)
 
Old 02-06-2004, 08:05 PM   #4
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i like snacks too, fank you.
 
Old 02-06-2004, 08:16 PM   #5
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k well that gave me 330 words (compared to wc -w with 315) - wonder what wc counts?

I have a feeling wc might leave out symbols or something...
 
  


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