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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     paste - merge corresponding or subsequent lines of files

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     paste [-s] [-d list] file [...]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The paste utility concatenates the  corresponding  lines  of
the given input
     files,  replacing all but the last file's newline characters
with a single
     tab character, and writes the resulting  lines  to  standard
output.  If
     end-of-file  is  reached  on an input file while other input
files still
     contain data, the file is treated as if it were  an  endless
source of empty

     The options are as follows:

     -d list
             Use  one  or  more of the provided characters to replace the newline
             characters instead of the default tab.  The  characters in list
             are  used  circularly,  i.e., when list is exhausted
the first character
 from list is reused.  This continues  until  a
line from the
             last  input  file (in default operation) or the last
line in each
             file (using the -s option) is  displayed,  at  which
time paste begins
 selecting characters from the beginning of list

             The following special characters can also be used in

                newline character
                 tab character
             \    backslash character
                  empty string (not a null character)

             Any  other  character  preceded  by  a  backslash is
equivalent to the
             character itself.

     -s      Concatenate all of the lines of each separate  input
file in command
  line  order.   The  newline character of every
line except the
             last line in each input file is  replaced  with  the
tab character,
             unless otherwise specified by the -d option.

     If  ``-''  is  specified for one or more of the input files,
the standard
     input is used; standard input is read one line  at  a  time,
circularly, for
     each instance of ``-''.

     The  paste  utility exits 0 on success or >0 if an error occurred.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  paste  utility  is  expected  to  be  IEEE  Std  1003.2
(``POSIX.2'') compatible.

OpenBSD      3.6                           July      27,     1991
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