wc [OPTION] [FILE]
Usage and examples:
Here we will test the commands on a file named song.txt, which contains some lyrics. To view the contents of song.txt lets use the cat command
$ cat song.txt Master, master, where's the dreams that I've been after? Master, master, you promised only lies Laughter, laughter, all I hear or see is laughter Laughter, laughter, laughing at my cries Fix Me
1. Display Number of Bytes
Enter wc command with -c option to print no. of bytes in a file.
$ wc -c song.txt 194 song.txt
Enter wc followed with -w option to print the no. of words in a file
$ wc -w song.txt 32 song.txt
3. Display Number of Characters
Enter wc with -m option to print no. of characters in a file
$ wc -m song.txt 194 song.txt
4. Display Number of New lines
Enter wc with -l option to print the no. of new lines in the file.
$ wc -l song.txt 5 filename
5. Display Length of the longest line
Enter wc with -L option to print the no. of characters in the longest line of the file
$ wc -L song.txt 56 song.txt
6. Display All
Enter wc and filename without any option will show in the following column order: 1st column- newlines count, 2nd column- words count and 3rd column- character count.
$ wc song.txt 5 32 194 song.txt $ wc song.txt song2.txt #for multiple files 5 32 194 song.txt 10 57 297 song2.txt 15 89 491 total
7. Display counts for standard input
Just entering the wc command waits for you to enter some text and after you have written the text press ctrl+d to end writing. wc counts number of lines, words and bytes
$ wc welcome to TechInfected 0 3 23