Shell Script To Count Vowels, Blank Spaces, Characters, Number of line and Symbols

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# Shell program to count
# Vowels, blank spaces, characters, number of line and symbols
# A, E, I, O, U 
# --------------------------------------------------------------------
# This is a free shell script under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
# Copyright (C) 2005 nixCraft project.
# Feedback/comment/suggestions :
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
# Visit for more information.
# -------------------------------------------------------------------------
if [ $# -ne 1 ]
	echo "$0 fileName"
	exit 1
if [ ! -f $file ]
	echo "$file not a file"
	exit 2
# read vowels
exec 3<&0
while read -n 1 c
  l="$(echo $c | tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]')"
  [ "$l" == "a" -o "$l" == "e" -o "$l" == "i" -o "$l" == "o" -o "$l" == "u" ] && (( v++ )) || :
done < $file
echo "Vowels : $v"
echo "Characters : $(cat $file | wc -c)"
echo "Blank lines : $(grep  -c '^$' $file)"
echo "Lines : $(cat $file|wc -l )"

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  1. #!/bin/bash
    ### Script to count vowels, no.of lines,blank spaces, words in a given file
    echo " Enter the file name "
    read a
    char=`cat $a | wc -m`
    echo "The number of characters in file are:" $char
    line=`cat $a | wc -l`
    echo "The number of lines are:" $line
    vow=`cat $a | grep -o "[aAeEiIoOuU]" |wc -l`
    echo "The number of vowels are:" $vow
    space=`cat $a | grep -o " "| wc -l`
    echo "The number of blank spaces are:" $space

  2. I need to count number blank records for particular column.

    total record in a file is 100
    total blank in column1 is 40 or so.

    How to get this?

    Thanks in advance

  3. Halo viviek

    How to replace a word in file text
    I have printers.conf in /var/cups/printers.conf
    and I want replace the State Stopped to State Idle with shell script

    Info MY_PRINT
    DeviceURI hp:/net/hp_LaserJet_4250?ip=
    State Stopped
    StateTime 1254732779
    Accepting Yes
    Shared Yes
    JobSheets none none
    QuotaPeriod 0
    PageLimit 0
    KLimit 0
    OpPolicy default
    ErrorPolicy stop-printer

    I want replace the State Stopped with State Idle, how ?

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