cut - select portions of each line of a file
cut -b list [-n] [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
number ranges. Number ranges consist of a number, a dash
(`-'), and a
second number which 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
Numbers or number ranges may be followed by a dash, which
fields or columns from the last number to the end of the
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
The options are as follows:
The list specifies byte positions.
The list specifies character positions.
Use the first character of string as the field delimiter character
instead of the tab character.
The list specifies fields, delimited in the input by
a single tab
character. Output fields are separated by a single
-n Do not split multi-byte characters.
-s Suppresses lines with no field delimiter characters.
specified, lines with no delimiters are passed
The cut utility exits 0 on success or 1 if an error occurred.
The cut utility conforms to IEEE Std 1003.2-1992
OpenBSD 3.6 June 6, 1993
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