Using Linux - Large Text Files

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This page is a part of the Linux and CS Systems Bootcamp. This page assumes you have your computer setup to connect to the CS server, or have the appropriate software installed on your computer to run commands. Go back to the Linux and CS Systems Bootcamp main page if you don't have our system setup yet.

In this section we walk you through looking at a text file that contains the complete works of Shakespeare (courtesy of Project Gutenberg).

First, login to the system and open up the terminal. Next, make sure you are in your home directory and create a directory to use for this example.

cs299@cs:~> cd ~
cs299@cs:~> mkdir shakespeare
cs299@cs:~> cd shakespeare

Copy the text file from where it is stored on the CS server and use the wc command to see how many lines, words, and characters (bytes) are in the file.

cs299@cs:~/shakespeare> cp /u1/junk/shakespeare.txt .
cs299@cs:~/shakespeare> ls
cs299@cs:~/shakespeare> wc shakespeare.txt 
 124787  904061 5589890 shakespeare.txt

You can also use the nano text editor (or whatever text editor you like) to look through the text file.

nano shakespeare.txt