SPLIT(1)                   Commands and Applications                  SPLIT(1)




NAME

       split - split a file into pieces


SYNOPSIS

       split [-b byte_count[k|m]] [-l line_count] [file [name]]

       Obsolescent:

       split [-line_count] [file [name]]


DESCRIPTION

       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.


BUGS

       For  historical reasons, if you specify name, split can only create 676
       separate files.  The default naming  convention  allows  2028  separate
       files.


VERSION

       This manual page documents split version 2.0.


ATTRIBUTIONS

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


HISTORY

       A version of  split  written  in  1992  was  distributed  with  earlier
       releases of GNO.



GNO                              November 1997                        SPLIT(1)

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