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wc - print newline, word, and byte counts for each file


wc [/OPTION/]… [/FILE/]…
wc [/OPTION/]… –files0-from=F


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 printable 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.


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Author: dt

Created: 2022-02-22 Tue 17:08