WC(1) WC(1) NAME wc - word count SYNOPSIS wc [ -lwrbc ] [ file ... ] DESCRIPTION Wc counts lines, words, runes, syntactically-invalid UTF codes and bytes in the named files, or in the standard input if no file is named. A word is a maximal string of charac- ters delimited by spaces, tabs or newlines. The count of runes includes invalid codes. If the optional argument is present, just the specified counts (lines, words, runes, broken UTF codes or bytes) are selected by the letters l, w, r, b, or c. Otherwise, lines, words and bytes (-lwc) are reported. BUGS Three-byte UTF codes higher than F7 65 B7 (the UTF encoding of FFFF) are not counted among the illegals. Unicode has many blank characters scattered through it, but wc looks for only ASCII space, tab and newline.