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cut - select portions of each line of a file
cut -c list [file ...]
cut -f list [-d delim] [-s] [file ...]
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
Cut exits 0 on success, 1 if an error occurred.
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
-s Suppresses lines with no field delimiter characters. Unless
specified, lines with no delimiters are passed through unmodi-
This manual page documents cut version 2.0.
This command was ported from FreeBSD source code for distribution with
The cut utility is expected to conform to the POSIX.2 standard.
Version 1.0 (April 27, 1994) of cut, was written by Jason Perez
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and distributed as a separate package compatible
GNO August 1997 CUT(1)
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