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wc - print the number of newlines, words, and bytes in files


wc [OPTION]... [FILE]...


Print newline, word, and byte counts for each FILE, and a total line if more than one FILE is specified. With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

-c, --bytes
print the byte counts

-m, --chars
print the character counts

-l, --lines
print the newline counts

-L, --max-line-length
print the length of the longest line

-w, --words
print the word counts

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.


Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also

The full documentation for wc is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and wc programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info wc

should give you access to the complete manual.

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