[ale] Bash script question

Byron A Jeff byron at cc.gatech.edu
Thu May 15 07:28:29 EDT 2003

> Is there a utility that I can run from bash that I can use to determine 
> the number of times a certain character appears in a line?
> Example - I want to determine the number of times a comma (,) appears in 
> the line:
> Field1,Field2,Field3,
> Yes, it can be done from Perl, but I would like to do this from bash.

bash presumes to have all of the standard unix commands available. My entry is:

comma_count=$(echo $line | tr -cd , | wc -c)

where the variable line has the Field1,... line in it.

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