WC(1) General Commands Manual WC(1)
wc - display a count of lines, words and characters
wc [ -lwc ] [ filename ... ]
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.
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.
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
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)