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Linux – wc

Linux wc command

The Linux wc command is used to count the number of lines, words, and byte (character) in a file or input stream.

Syntax:

wc [OPITON] [FILE}

Example:

Use -l to count the number of lines in a file

wc -l myfile.txt

Use -w to count the number of words in a file

wc -w myfile.txt

Use -c to count the number of bytes in a file. You can use this to count character in a file

wc -c myfile.txt

Use wc with Piped Input

You can also use wc with piped input in Linux and count the lines, words, and characters in an input data.

cat myfile.txt | wc -lwc

Another example of wc command to count the number of lines in the output of the previous command.

find . -name "*.log" | wc -l
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