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I need to count the number of lines in files from a set. I tried to execute

find -name pattern -exec vc -l '{}' \;

But this command returns

find: `vc': No such file or directory
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It's called wc. Also, change \; to + if you want to get the total count as well. –  Gilles Jan 8 '13 at 20:12

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@Gilles is right, the command is called wc. The following does the job:

find -name pattern -exec wc -l '{}' \;

An alternative without using find might also do the job:

wc -l pattern
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