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WC(1)											    WC(1)

       wc - word count

       wc [ -lwc ] [ name ... ]

       Wc  counts  lines, words and characters in the named files, or in the standard input if no
       name appears.  A word is a maximal string of characters delimited by spaces, tabs or  new-

       If  the	optional  argument is present, just the specified counts (lines, words or charac-
       ters) are selected by the letters l, w, or c.

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