October 03, 2011

One of the advantages of having your entire site in text files on your computer, is being able to munge those files with any number of nifty Unix-style commands. For example, I can easily count all the postings on my site with ls -l | wc -l and see that this is the 1,812th posting here.

Or, I can count all the words in all the postings with wc * | sort and see that the smallest posting has 20 words, while the largest has 4,963 words. In total I’ve published 561,922 words in the last decade or so. Half a million.

And I can see that 2,346 files total are pushed to my server to make this site work by running find . -type f | wc -l.

I love being a nerd.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.