wc-(1) manual page


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. 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
read input from the files specified by NUL-terminated names in file F
-L, –max-line-length
print the length of the longest line
-w, –words
print the word counts
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by Paul Rubin and David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.


Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html >
This isfree software: you are free to change and redistribute it. 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.