Subject: Re: wc: filename: invalid byte sequence
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 08/25/2007 21:36:52
>> On the attached file, wc(1) on 4.99.30/amd64 reports "invalid byte
>> sequence" quite often.

>> I don't see why it should do that,

> wc is designed to work with text files, not binary files.

What is the correct tool to use, then, for one-offs like

% tar cf - data | wc

to find out how big the resulting archive is?  (This is not a
hypothetical example; I found myself doing just that today, remembered
this email, and realized I couldn't think of any other tool to replace
wc in this use.)

Or is that operation simply not supported any longer?  I think that
would be a major functionality regression.

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