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I'm trying to show the number of lines, words and characters of all configuration files in /etc/*conf (with command wc).

How can I modify the command (or commandline) to not view the error messages?

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If Roy's answer below doesn't provide what you want, could you provide the command you're trying so we can get an idea of what's not working properly? – Matrix Mole Mar 25 '10 at 22:46
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wc /etc/*conf 2>/dev/null
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i don't have access to a shell right now, but you can try something like

cat /etc/*.conf 2> /dev/null | wc -l

That should redirect all the errors and leave the output to be passed to wc

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this won't allow wc to output word/line/char counts per-file, if that's what the OP wants. it will get the total of all /etc/*conf files. – quack quixote Mar 25 '10 at 23:30

Usually just redirect the standard output to /dev/null to ignore the output, but this is not good practice when writing shell scripts

Try use -q instead to run the shell in quite mode, which will produce less output.

This might not be relevant to the question, but just FYI.

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