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Use the command wc to count the number of words in the file /course/linuxgym/gutenberg/0ws0310.txt. Store the exact output of the wc command when used with the "word counts" option into the file count.txt. Ensure that the filename within the file contains the full pathname.

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  • First no need to touch that file. 2nd look at your 3rd line. What is it that you are re-directing? Mar 30, 2020 at 14:36

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The question in your assignment asks you to use the "word count option" of wc. To find out what option this is, you need to read the wc manual. You do this with man wc in a terminal.

Once you have found what option is needed to only get the word count (and no other count), you need to run the command on the file /course/linuxgym/gutenberg/0ws0310.txt while at the same time redirecting the output to a file called count.txt. You do this with

wc (insert word count option here) /course/linuxgym/gutenberg/0ws0310.txt >count.txt

If you want to make sure that the output file is located in your home directory, use ~/count.txt in the redirection in place of count.txt, or just give the command cd first to make your home directory your current directory.

There is no need to touch the count.txt file first as redirecting to it will create it if it does not already exist.

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