SPLIT(1) Commands and Applications SPLIT(1)
split - split a file into pieces
split [-b byte_count[k|m]] [-l line_count] [file [name]]
split [-line_count] [file [name]]
The split utility reads the given file (or standard input if no file is
specified) and breaks it up into files of 1000 lines each.
The options are as follows:
-b Create smaller files byte_count bytes in length. If k is
appended to the number, the file is split into byte_count
kilobyte pieces. If m is appended to the number, the
file is split into byte_count megabyte pieces.
-l Create smaller files line_count lines in length.
If additional arguments are specified, the first is used as the name of
the input file which is to be split. If a second additional argument
is specified, it is used as a prefix for the names of the files into
which the file is split. In this case, each file into which the file
is split is named by the prefix followed by a lexically ordered suffix
in the range of aa-zz.
If the name argument is not specified, the file is split into lexically
ordered files named in the range of xaa-zzz.
For historical reasons, if you specify name, split can only create 676
separate files. The default naming convention allows 2028 separate
This manual page documents split version 2.0.
This command was ported from FreeBSD source code for distribution with
A version of split written in 1992 was distributed with earlier
releases of GNO.
GNO November 1997 SPLIT(1)
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