[CentOS] need help: about remove space

Fri Apr 30 14:55:50 UTC 2010
Michel van Deventer <michel at van.deventer.cx>


On Fri, 2010-04-30 at 07:46 -0700, adrian kok wrote:
> Hi all
> I have big file as below 
> and would like to know how many line eg: wc -l file
> but can't figure out how to know
> If I type wc -l file, I only get the 1023 but it includes the space 
> When I use cat file | tr -d "\r \n". it gives me "adrian alice......"
> I need it as fileB and then wc -l fileB.
If those lines between the names are empty lines you might try :
cat bigfile | egrep -v '^$' | wc -l

or if you want the names into a second file :
cat bigfile | egrep -v '^$' > fileB