`wc` utility counts newline, word, and byte for file(s) or standard input.

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Number of lines outputted by ls

When ls is called, it outputs all the files/directories in the current directory, attempting to fit as many as possible on each line. Why is it that when passed to wc -l, it outputs the number of ...
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Why does “ls | wc -l” show the correct number of files in current directory? [duplicate]

Trying to count number of files in current directory, I found ls -1 | wc -l, which means: send the list of files (where every filename is printed in a new line) to the input of wc, where -l will count ...
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Run wc and display only the word count

I have been trying to create a file called ~/dictwords.txt, which contains the number of words found in the file /usr/share/dict/words. I already created the file then I removed it because I did it ...
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`ls / | wc -l` tells more lines than `ls /` shows [duplicate]

ls / outputs two lines. $ ls / bin cdrom etc initrd.img lib lost+found mnt proc run share sys usr vmlinuz boot dev home initrd.img.old lib64 media opt root sbin ...
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How does word count work for newline (-l)? Number of newlines or lines

I wonder how does wc work? Most times it seems to return the number of lines, but sometimes it seems to be newlines? In the man page its newlines. But: [jiewmeng@JM textFiles]$ echo -e "\n\n" | wc - ...
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How to count the number of lines in a UTF-16LE/CR-LF/BOM file?

The immediate thought is wc, but then the next not-so-immediate thought is... Is *nix's wc purely for *nix line endings \x0a?... It seems so. I've semi-wangled my way around it, but I feel there ...
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How to use wc and piping to find how many files and directories are in a certain directory?

How can I use word counter and piping to count how many files or directories are in /usr/bin directory?
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Speeding a find rm command with test through parallelization

I want to recursively delete all files in directories and subdirectories with number of lines less than 10, and am currently using the following command find . -type f -name "*.txt" | while read; do ...