Here’s a quick shell script which can be used to get the total word count of all text files in a directory, and output it to a text file.
<code>wordcount=$(find /Users/sidoneill/Dropbox/Pool -type f -name "blogx*.*" -print0| xargs -0 cat | wc -w) echo $wordcount > /Users/sidoneill/Dropbox/Public/wordcount.txt </code>
You’ll need to replace the directories with your own, obviously, and as you can see I’m searching for all files whose names begin with
blogx. Possible uses include:
I have a Hazel rule that’s set to run every time a file is updated in my Big Old Folder O’ Text Files. It just runs the shell script above.
You can take that file, if it’s in your public Dropbox folder, and use it on your Status Board. You could even jazz it up a bit by adding some HTML to display the word count in a pretty way.
Applescript or Automator
Display on your site
You could use an iframe to display the Dropbox file on your website, touting your dedication and productivity to everyone.
Log of progress
If you like to track your progress, you can change
echo $wordcount > to
echo $wordcount >>. This will append to the file as opposed to overwriting. You’ll probably want to add a date in there, and maybe some commas so you can view it as a spreadsheet. If you do this right, you could even display a chart of your progress on Status Board.
Published on June 1st, 2013