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what is the command to count the total number of lines, words, and characters contained in a file in linux?

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what is the command to count the total number of lines, words, and characters contained in a file in linux?
posted Mar 18, 2014 by Prachi Agarwal

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In all the cases you can use the command wc

Find total number of lines: wc -l filename

Find total number of words: wc -w filename

Find total number of characters: wc -m filename

answer Mar 18, 2014 by Salil Agrawal
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