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Linux 2.6 - man page for head (linux section 1)

HEAD(1) 				  User Commands 				  HEAD(1)

NAME
       head - output the first part of files

SYNOPSIS
       head [OPTION]... [FILE]...

DESCRIPTION
       Print  the  first 10 lines of each FILE to standard output.  With more than one FILE, pre-
       cede each with a header giving the file name.  With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read stan-
       dard input.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

       -c, --bytes=[-]K
	      print  the first K bytes of each file; with the leading `-', print all but the last
	      K bytes of each file

       -n, --lines=[-]K
	      print the first K lines instead of the first 10; with the leading  `-',  print  all
	      but the last K lines of each file

       -q, --quiet, --silent
	      never print headers giving file names

       -v, --verbose
	      always print headers giving file names

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       K  may  have  a	multiplier  suffix: b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, GB
       1000*1000*1000, G 1024*1024*1024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.

AUTHOR
       Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report head bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
       GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
       General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
       Report head translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU GPL  version  3  or
       later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
       This  is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO WARRANTY,
       to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO
       The full documentation for head is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info	and  head
       programs are properly installed at your site, the command

	      info coreutils 'head invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.5			  February 2011 				  HEAD(1)


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