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How does one count the amount of words in a .txt file using bash?

One word would typically contain A-z and 0-9.

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The wc -w command can do this.

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Thanks! This was exactly what I was looking for. –  whirlwin Mar 30 '11 at 20:37
    
Note that wc is not in bash - it is a separate executable that can be called by any shell. –  Mark Mar 30 '11 at 22:06

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