Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: March 2021
wc - print newline, word, and byte counts for each file
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
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
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.
GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/
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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.
Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/wc
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'