count how many times a string appears in a (source code) tree

$ grep -or string path/ | wc -l
grep -o puts each occurrence in a separate line

9
2009-07-16 12:50:59

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The "wc -l" is needless. Why not use "grep -orc" instead?
flart · 486 weeks and 5 days ago
because it doesn't work! (That might be worth submitting as a bug...) echo foo foo foo foo |grep -oc foo 1 echo foo foo foo foo |grep -o foo|wc -l 4
eichin · 486 weeks and 4 days ago
Great command!
lkjoel · 404 weeks ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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