wc

word, line, and byte or character count

TLDR

Count lines in file

$ wc -l [file]
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Count words in file

$ wc -w [file]
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Count characters (bytes) in file

$ wc -c [file]
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Count characters in file (taking multi-byte character sets into account)

$ wc -m [file]
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Use standard input to count lines, words and characters (bytes) in that order

$ [find .] | wc
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SYNOPSIS

wc [OPTION]... [FILE]...
wc [OPTION]... --files0-from=F

DESCRIPTION

Print newline, word, and byte counts for each FILE, and a total line if more than one FILE is specified. A word is a non-zero-length sequence of characters delimited by white space.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

The options below may be used to select which counts are printed, always in the following order: newline, word, character, byte, maximum line length.

-c, --bytes

print the byte counts

-m, --chars

print the character counts

-l, --lines

print the newline counts

--files0-from=F

read input from the files specified by NUL-terminated names in file F; If F is - then read names from standard input

-L, --max-line-length

print the maximum display width

-w, --words

print the word counts

--help

display this help and exit

--version

output version information and exit

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
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COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/wc> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'

AUTHOR

Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

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