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hpr0972 :: LiTS 005: wc

Print newline, word, and byte counts for files with the wc command

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Hosted by Dann on 2012-04-24 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Part of the series: Linux in the Shell

Linux In The Shell aims to explore the use of many commands a user can run in the Bash Shell. Tutorials include a write up with examples, an audio component about the write up, and a video component to demonstrate the usage of the command.
The website is http://www.linuxintheshell.com/

Fear not Dann has not decided to branch and do a plumbing show. Rather he sticks with the plan and brings us yet another excellent explanation of a common unix utility, namely wc

http://www.linuxintheshell.com/2012/04/24/episode-005-wc/

Ever want to know how many lines are in a file? How about how many words are in a file or even how many characters? Well then the “wc” command is just for you. The “wc” command, short for word count, is a very simple command that will print “new line, word and byte counts for file specified, and a total count for all files combined if more than one file is included.”

Consider the following little ditty:

the linux wc command
for those not in the know
stands for word count and
does a lot you should know

It counts lines and words and bytes
producing output on site
quickly giving you the numbers
without any blunders

Executing the following command:

wc poem.txt

Results in the following output:

9 40 215 poem.txt

To break it down:


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