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

NAME
     cut -- select portions of each line of a file

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

DESCRIPTION
     The cut utility selects portions of each line (as specified by list) from each file and
     writes them to the standard output.  If the file argument is a single dash ('-') or no file
     arguments were specified, lines are read from the standard input.	The items specified by
     list can be in terms of column position or in terms of fields delimited by a special charac-
     ter.  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 second 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 error to select fields or columns not present in the input
     line.

     The options are as follows:

     -b list	 The list specifies byte positions.

     -c list	 The list specifies character positions.

     -d string	 Use the first character of string as the field delimiter character.  The default
		 is the <TAB> character.

     -f list	 The list specifies fields, separated by the field delimiter character.  The
		 selected fields are output, separated by the field delimiter character.

     -n 	 Do not split multi-byte characters.

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

EXIT STATUS
     cut exits 0 on success, 1 if an error occurred.

SEE ALSO
     paste(1)

STANDARDS
     The cut utility conforms to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992 (``POSIX.2'').

BSD					December 21, 2008				      BSD
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