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WC(1)                       General Commands Manual                      WC(1)



NAME
       wc - display a count of lines, words and characters

SYNOPSIS
       wc [ -lwc ] [ filename ...  ]

DESCRIPTION
       wc counts lines, words, and characters in filenames, or in the standard
       input if no filename appears.  It also keeps  a  total  count  for  all
       named files.  A word is a string of characters delimited by SPACE, TAB,
       or NEWLINE characters.

OPTIONS
       When filenames are specified on the command line, their names  will  be
       printed along with the counts.

       The default is -lwc (count lines, words, and characters).

       l      Count lines.

       w      Count words.

       c      Count characters.

EXAMPLE
              example%
              wc /usr/share/man/man1/{csh.1,sh.1,telnet.1}
                  1876   11223   65895  /usr/share/man/man1/csh.1
                   674    3310   20338  /usr/share/man/man1/sh.1
                   260    1110    6834  /usr/share/man/man1/telnet.1
                  2810   15643   93067  total
              example%

ENVIRONMENT
       The  environment  variables  LC_CTYPE, LANG, and LC_default control the
       character classification throughout wc.  On entry to wc, these environ-
       ment  variables are checked in the following order: LC_CTYPE, LANG, and
       LC_default.  When a valid value is found, remaining  environment  vari-
       ables  for  character  classification  are ignored.  For example, a new
       setting for LANG does not override the current valid character  classi-
       fication  rules  of  LC_CTYPE.   When  none of the values is valid, the
       shell character classification defaults to the POSIX.1 "C" locale.



                                2 October 1989                           WC(1)