split - split a file into pieces
split [-b byte_count[k|m]] [-l line_count] [-p pattern]
The split utility reads the given file (or standard input if
no file is
specified) and breaks it up into files of 1000 lines each.
The options are as follows:
-b Create smaller files byte_count bytes in length. If
`k' is appended
to the number, the file is split into
pieces. If `m' is appended to the number, the file
is split into
byte_count megabyte pieces.
-l Create smaller files n lines in length.
The file is split whenever an input line matches
is interpreted as an extended regular expression.
line will be the first line of the next output file.
is incompatible with the -b and -l options.
If additional arguments are specified, the first is used as
the name of
the input file which is to be split. If a second additional
specified, it is used as a prefix for the names of the files
the file is split. In this case, each file into which the
file is split
is named by the prefix followed by a lexically ordered suffix in the
range of ``aa-zz''.
If the name argument is not specified, the file is split into lexically
ordered files named in the range of ``xaa-zzz''.
A split command appeared in Version 3 AT&T UNIX.
For historical reasons, if you specify name, split can only
separate files. The default naming convention allows 2028
The maximum line length for matching patterns is 65536.
OpenBSD 3.6 April 16, 1994
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