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SPLIT(1)		FreeBSD	General	Commands Manual		      SPLIT(1)

NAME
     split -- split a file into	pieces

SYNOPSIS
     split -d [-l line_count] [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]
     split -d -b byte_count[K|k|M|m|G|g] [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]
     split -d -n chunk_count [-a suffix_length]	[file [prefix]]
     split -d -p pattern [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]

DESCRIPTION
     The split utility reads the given file and	breaks it up into files	of
     1000 lines	each (if no options are	specified), leaving the	file
     unchanged.	 If file is a single dash (`-')	or absent, split reads from
     the standard input.

     The options are as	follows:

     -a	suffix_length
	     Use suffix_length letters to form the suffix of the file name.

     -b	byte_count[K|k|M|m|G|g]
	     Create split files	byte_count bytes in length.  If	k or K is
	     appended to the number, the file is split into byte_count kilo-
	     byte pieces.  If m	or M is	appended to the	number,	the file is
	     split into	byte_count megabyte pieces.  If	g or G is appended to
	     the number, the file is split into	byte_count gigabyte pieces.

     -d	     Use a numeric suffix instead of a alphabetic suffix.

     -l	line_count
	     Create split files	line_count lines in length.

     -n	chunk_count
	     Split file	into chunk_count smaller files.

     -p	pattern
	     The file is split whenever	an input line matches pattern, which
	     is	interpreted as an extended regular expression.	The matching
	     line will be the first line of the	next output file.  This	option
	     is	incompatible with the -b and -l	options.

     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 using
     suffix_length characters in the range ``a-z''.  If	-a is not specified,
     two letters are used as the suffix.

     If	the prefix argument is not specified, the file is split	into lexically
     ordered files named with the prefix ``x'' and with	suffixes as above.

ENVIRONMENT
     The LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE	and LC_COLLATE environment variables affect
     the execution of split as described in environ(7).

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

SEE ALSO
     csplit(1),	re_format(7)

STANDARDS
     The split utility conforms	to IEEE	Std 1003.1-2001	(``POSIX.1'').

HISTORY
     A split command appeared in Version 3 AT&T	UNIX.

BUGS
     The maximum line length for matching patterns is 65536.

FreeBSD	9.2			  May 9, 2013			   FreeBSD 9.2

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