How can i count characters, words and lines from a file with wc command?
wc -l filename.txt
wc -m filename.txt
wc -w filename.txt
Wc command prints newline, word, and byte counts for each FILE, and a total line, if more than one FILE is specified.
wc [OPTION]... [FILE]... wc [OPTION]... --files0-from=F
-c:- print the byte counts -m:- print the character counts -l:- print the newline counts -L:- print the length of the longest line -W:- print the word counts –help:- Print help –version:- Display version information
You can use wc command as shown below to get the required information.
Use -m option to get the Character count
wc -m test_file.txt
-w option to print words count
wc -w test_file.txt
-l option to print newline count
wc -l test_file.txt
Note:- wc works on “/n” lines character. It counts the newline not the number of lines. The count will be one less is there is no newline character. Refer Why does wc -l tell me that this non-empty file has 0 lines?
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