CUT(1)                     Commands and Applications                    CUT(1)




NAME

       cut - select portions of each line of a file


SYNOPSIS

       cut -c list [file ...]

       cut -f list [-d delim] [-s] [file ...]


DESCRIPTION

       The  cut  utility  selects portions of each line (as specified by list)
       from each file (or the standard input by default), and writes  them  to
       the  standard  output.   The items specified by list can be in terms of
       column position or in terms of fields delimited by a special character.
       Column numbering starts from 1.

       List  is  a  comma  or  whitespace  separated set of increasing numbers
       and/or number ranges.  Number ranges consist of a number, a dash -, and
       a  second number and select the fields or columns from the first number
       to the second, inclusive.  Numbers or number ranges may be preceded  by
       a dash, which selects all fields or columns from 1 to the first number.
       Numbers or number ranges may be followed by a dash, which  selects  all
       fields or columns from the last number to the end of the line.  Numbers
       and number ranges may be repeated, overlapping, and in any  order.   It
       is  not  an  error to select fields or columns not present in the input
       line.

       Cut exits 0 on success, 1 if an error occurred.

   OPTIONS
       The options are as follows:

       -c     The list specifies character positions.

       -d     Use the first character of delim as the field delimiter  charac-
              ter instead of the tab character.

       -f     The  list  specifies  fields, delimited in the input by a single
              tab character.  Output fields are  separated  by  a  single  tab
              character.

       -s     Suppresses  lines  with  no  field delimiter characters.  Unless
              specified, lines with no delimiters are passed  through  unmodi-
              fied.



VERSION

       This manual page documents cut version 2.0.


ATTRIBUTIONS

       This  command was ported from FreeBSD source code for distribution with
       GNO/ME 2.0.6.


SEE ALSO

       paste(1)


STANDARDS

       The cut utility is expected to conform to the POSIX.2 standard.


HISTORY

       Version 1.0 (April 27,  1994)  of  cut,  was  written  by  Jason  Perez
       (jperez@ee.tamu.edu)  and  distributed as a separate package compatible
       with GNO.



GNO                               August 1997                           CUT(1)

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