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I am trying to find the word count of a specific word in a collection of documents, in Linux.

I have tried with grep and ack-grep in combination with wc but I can't seem to come up with a valid combination of pipes :)

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Try the following:

grep -o "string" filename | wc -w

If you want all files in a directory, run the following script from that directory:

for file in *
    do let count=$count+`grep -o "wordyouaretryingtofind" $file | wc -w`
echo occurence $count times
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Cheers; I was missing that -o argument – Andreas Grech Jun 16 '10 at 15:25
Added something you might like – BloodPhilia Jun 16 '10 at 15:48

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