WC(1) User Commands WC(1)

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 nonempty sequence of non white space delimited by white space characters or by start or end of input.

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.

print the byte counts
print the character counts
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
print the maximum display width
print the word counts
when to print a line with total counts; WHEN can be: auto, always, only, never
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

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or available locally via: info '(coreutils) wc invocation'

March 2024 GNU coreutils 9.5