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How to find number of records in a file

The Question is:

What utility can I use to find how many records in a file?

The Answer is:

There is no specific utility in OpenVMS to do this, but many people use:

$ SORT /STAT file.ext NLA0:

It doesn't matter what string you search for, though it is marginally faster if the string is not found. You'll get an output which looks like this:

Files searched:                 1       Buffered I/O count:         4
Records searched:              94       Direct I/O count:           1
Characters searched:         3024       Page faults:               17
Records matched:                0       Elapsed CPU time:  0 00:00:00.02
Lines printed:                  0       Elapsed time:      0 00:00:00.02
The "records searched" tells you the number of records.