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CUT(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual			CUT(1)

     cut -- select portions of each line of a file

     cut -c list file ...
     cut -f list [-d delim] [-s] file ...

     The cut utility selects portions of each line (as specified by list) from
     each file (or the standard	input by default), and writes them to the
     standard output.  The items specified by list can be in terms of column
     position or in terms of fields delimited by a special character. Column
     numbering starts from 1.

     List is a comma or	whitespace separated set of increasing numbers and/or
     number ranges.  Number ranges consist of a	number,	a dash (-), and	a sec-
     ond number	and select the fields or columns from the first	number to the
     second, inclusive.	 Numbers or number ranges may be preceded by a dash,
     which selects all fields or columns from 1	to the first number.  Numbers
     or	number ranges may be followed by a dash, which selects all fields or
     columns from the last number to the end of	the line.  Numbers and number
     ranges may	be repeated, overlapping, and in any order.  It	is not an er-
     ror to select fields or columns not present in the	input line.

     The options are as	follows:

     -c	list	 The list specifies character positions.

     -d	delim	 Use the first character of delim as the field delimiter char-
		 acter instead of the tab character.

     -f	list	 The list specifies fields, delimited in the input by a	single
		 tab character.	 Output	fields are separated by	a single tab

     -s		 Suppresses lines with no field	delimiter characters.  Unless
		 specified, lines with no delimiters are passed	through	unmod-

     Cut exits 0 on success, 1 if an error occurred.


     The cut utility is	expected to conform to IEEE Std	1003.2 ("POSIX.2").

BSD				 June 6, 1993				   BSD


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