You have to write a program that will count all the characters in specified source file so that people entering a code golf competition can see their score. You do not need to ignore comments (it is code golf) in your program but newlines should be counted as a character. The number of characters must be printed to stdout. Shortest code wins!

Example in python:

import sys

    content = open(sys.argv[1], "r").read()
except IndexError, e:
    print("No file specified")
except IOError, e:
    print("File not found")

count = 0
for i in list(content):

print(str(count)+" characters long")

Note: you cannot use the bash command wc -c.


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    \$\begingroup\$ 5 chars in bash. wc -c. This is trivial. \$\endgroup\$ – undergroundmonorail Mar 29 '14 at 21:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ "Note: you cannot use the bash command wc -c." You can't fix a broken problem by banning one example of why it's so broken. \$\endgroup\$ – undergroundmonorail Mar 29 '14 at 21:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Question seems trivial. Also banning 'bash' while not banning the other '*sh' languages is essentially pointless. \$\endgroup\$ – Kaya Mar 29 '14 at 22:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ In the future, you might want to run your questions by the sandbox to get help ironing out any problems. \$\endgroup\$ – undergroundmonorail Mar 29 '14 at 23:05

Dash, 18

tr \\0-ÿ \\n|wc -l

Reads from STDIN. Doesn't use wc -c or Bash.


bash+coreutils, 7 chars

stat $1

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