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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for split (opensolaris section 1)

split(1)				  User Commands 				 split(1)

       split - split a file into pieces

       split [-linecount | -l linecount] [-a suffixlength]
	    [file [name]]

       split [-b n | nk | nm] [-a suffixlength] [file [name]]

       The  split utility reads file and writes it in linecount-line pieces into a set of output-
       files. The name of the first output-file is name with aa appended, and so on lexicographi-
       cally,  up to zz (a maximum of 676 files). The maximum length of name is 2 characters less
       than the maximum filename length allowed by the filesystem. See statvfs(2). If  no  output
       name  is  given,  x  is	used as the default (output-files will be called xaa, xab, and so

       The following options are supported:

       -linecount | -l linecount

	   Number of lines in each piece. Defaults to 1000 lines.

       -a suffixlength

	   Uses suffixlength letters to form the suffix portion of the	filenames  of  the  split
	   file.  If  -a is not specified, the default suffix length is 2. If the sum of the name
	   operand and	the  suffixlength  option-argument  would  create  a  filename	exceeding
	   NAME_MAX bytes, an error will result; split will exit with a diagnostic message and no
	   files will be created.

       -b n

	   Splits a file into pieces n bytes in size.

       -b nk

	   Splits a file into pieces n*1024 bytes in size.

       -b nm

	   Splits a file into pieces n*1048576 bytes in size.

       The following operands are supported:

       file    The path name of the ordinary file to be split. If no input file is given or  file
	       is -, the standard input will be used.

       name    The prefix to be used for each of the files resulting from the split operation. If
	       no name argument is given, x will be used as the prefix of the output  files.  The
	       combined  length of the basename of prefix and suffixlength cannot exceed NAME_MAX
	       bytes. See OPTIONS.

       See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior  of  split	when  encountering  files
       greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2^31 bytes).

       See  environ(5)	for  descriptions  of the following environment variables that affect the
       execution of split: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MESSAGES, and NLSPATH.

       The following exit values are returned:

       0     Successful completion.

       >0    An error occurred.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWesu			   |
       |CSI			     |Enabled			   |
       |Interface Stability	     |Committed 		   |
       |Standard		     |See  standards(5).	   |

       csplit(1), statvfs(2), attributes(5), environ(5), largefile(5), standards(5)

SunOS 5.11				   16 Apr 1999					 split(1)

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