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a short counter

Terminal - a short counter
yes '' | cat -n
2009-04-22 17:58:46
User: flux
Functions: cat yes
a short counter

Maybe you know shorter ?


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

On the Mac OS X:

jot 999999

On Linux (specifically Xubuntu):

seq 999999
Comment by haivu 314 weeks and 2 days ago
yes ' '|nl
Comment by roebek 314 weeks and 2 days ago

yes, unixmonkey is correct. seq is shorter and faster.

seq 999999
Comment by linuxrawkstar 314 weeks and 1 day ago

The statements in the comments and the OP are different. The OP statement will count until stopped (or until it reaches the limitation of the hardware/software) and doesn't specify or use a ceiling number. Seq does.

Comment by zzrrider 311 weeks and 5 days ago

timing the following commands piped to head -n 10000000 directed to dev null gives the following speeds and CPU

7.08s 09.1% yes '' | awk '{print NR}'

3.64s 99.4% jot

2.26s 29.6% yes '' | cat -n

"yes ' ' | nl" only counts one past 999999

Comment by PhillipNordwall 226 weeks and 1 day ago

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