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Old 12-15-2007
wc of characters in a file ignoring white space

Hi everyone,
$ more abcdefg.ksh
alpha beta gamma
$ wc sachin1.ksh
5 7 132 abcdefg.ksh

if you see it shows that file has got 240 characters. I actually want to count how many characters words have? actually it should show around 37 characters but its showing 240.
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Old 12-15-2007
tr -d '[:space:] ' < file | wc -c

tr -d '[:blank:]' < file | wc -c

depending on your needs.
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