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HEAD(1)			FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		       HEAD(1)

NAME
     head -- display first lines of a file

SYNOPSIS
     head [-n count | -c bytes]	[file ...]

DESCRIPTION
     This filter displays the first count lines	or bytes of each of the	speci-
     fied files, or of the standard input if no	files are specified.  If count
     is	omitted	it defaults to 10.

     If	more than a single file	is specified, each file	is preceded by a
     header consisting of the string ``==> XXX <=='' where ``XXX'' is the name
     of	the file.

EXIT STATUS
     The head utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

EXAMPLES
     To	display	the first 500 lines of the file	foo:

	   $ head -n 500 foo

     head can be used in conjunction with tail(1) in the following way to, for
     example, display only line	500 from the file foo:

	   $ head -n 500 foo | tail -n 1

SEE ALSO
     tail(1)

HISTORY
     The head command appeared in PWB UNIX.

FreeBSD	10.1			March 16, 2013			  FreeBSD 10.1

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