I was counting how many times a file was referenced by other files. I then wanted to do some processing based on this number.
To do this I saved the output of this count in a variable which I was then able to reference later in the shell script.
num_files=`find . -type f -name '*.html' | xargs grep $img_file | wc -l`
# delete this file if it is not referenced
if [ "0" = $num_files ]