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Unix file counting challenge, Part 3: Counting with Shell Scripts

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This post follows on from Unix file counting challenge, Part 2, which in itself follows on from Part 1. No surprises there.

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These are the steps I’ve been taking in developing a short Unix shell script to count a lot of files and directories by type.

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Can I turn a massive bureaucratic, er, challenge into a fun Unix challenge?

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Well.

I have been given an enormous number of files of different types, in many jumbled up directories and subdirectories on a network drive, to count. That ought to be a job for the Unix commands and shell scripting I’ve been learning at Software Carpentry over the last couple of weeks, right?

My initial thoughts were that this could be done with either the command line, probably involving ls, sort, regular expressions with uniq and counting options or a shell script looping through a file listing with some combination of those.

Time to fire up Git Bash, my trusty Unix terminal for Windows…

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