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Re: wc -l behaviour

-f wrote:
> why the extra whitespace?

Because that's how it's coded

> could the behaviour be changed that when one of -c, -l, -m, -w
> was specified, the whitespace was trimmed?

Of course!

> isn't that sensible?

You have my blessing, but you have to take POSIX in account:


And that the GNU version of wc doesn't do it doesn't mean BSD
shouldn't do it. Though I admit I can't find anything that says
that leading whitespace must be added.

In the meantime I hope this will do for you:

  wc -l < .zshrc | sed -e 's| ||g'

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