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cut - remove sections from each line of files




cut OPTION... [FILE]...


Print selected parts of lines from each FILE to standard output.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-b, --bytes=LIST
  select only these bytes
-c, --characters=LIST
  select only these characters
-d, --delimiter=DELIM
  use DELIM instead of TAB for field delimiter
-f, --fields=LIST
  select only these fields; also print any line that contains no delimiter character, unless the -s option is specified
-n (ignored)
  complement the set of selected bytes, characters or fields
-s, --only-delimited
  do not print lines not containing delimiters
  use STRING as the output delimiter the default is to use the input delimiter
--help display this help and exit
  output version information and exit
Use one, and only one of -b, -c or -f. Each LIST is made up of one range, or many ranges separated by commas. Selected input is written in the same order that it is read, and is written exactly once. Each range is one of:
N N’th byte, character or field, counted from 1
N- from N’th byte, character or field, to end of line
N-M from N’th to M’th (included) byte, character or field
-M from first to M’th (included) byte, character or field
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.


Written by David M. Ihnat, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.


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Copyright © 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for cut is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and cut programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils cut invocation
should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb CUT (1) September 2011
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