Unix

wc command in Unix/Linux

wc command in unix is used to find the number of lines, characters, words in a file. It 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 dash("-"), read standard input.
The syntax for wc command is

The options are
  • -c: Prints the byte count
  • -l: Prints the line count
  • -L: Prints the length of the longest line
  • -m: Prints the character count
  • -w: Prints the word count
Examples of wc command
For example below text is the unix file 
> cat unix.txt
    unix is file
    linux is server
  • Count the number of lines in a file.
                          wc -l unix.txt                        
It gives 2 s the output.
  • Count the number of words in a file.
                             wc -w unix.txt                    
 It gives 6 as the output.
  • For any help on command, run below command. 
                                   wc help                         
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