[CentOS] sorting a file

Alfred von Campe alfred at von-campe.com
Fri Apr 3 12:28:01 UTC 2009

> I need to find out how many times an IP address appears in a file -  
> the
> IP is the first field in the access log string so what would be the  
> best
> way to sort this file and count how many times each IP address  
> appears ?

I always solve a problem like this with a small Perl script.  It can  
probably be done in awk as well, but I prefer Perl.  Try something  
like this:

=============== cut here ===============
use warnings;
use strict;

my $log = shift || "/var/log/httpd/access_log";
my %hash;

open(LOG, $log) || die "Can't open $log for reading ($!)\n";
     next unless (/(^\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+)/);

foreach (sort keys %hash)
     printf "%15s: %d occurances\n", $_, $hash{$_};
=============== cut here ===============

The script looks in either the file passed as the first parameter, or  
in the absence of that in /var/log/httpd/access_log.


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