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cut — remove sections from each line of files


cut OPTION... [FILE...]


Print selected parts of lines from each FILE to standard output.

With no FILE, or when FILE is −, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

−b, −−bytes=LIST/

select only these bytes

−c, −−characters=LIST/

select only these characters

−d, −−delimiter=DELIM/

use DELIM instead of TAB for field delimiter

−f, −−fields=LIST/

select only these fields; also print any line that contains no delimiter character, unless the −s option is specified




complement the set of selected bytes, characters or fields

−s, −−only−delimited

do not print lines not containing delimiters


use STRING as the output delimiter the default is to use the input delimiter

−z, −−zero−terminated

line delimiter is NUL, not newline


display this help and exit


output version information and exit

Use one, and only one of −b, −c or −f. Each LIST is made up of one range, or many ranges separated by commas. Selected input is written in the same order that it is read, and is written exactly once. Each range is one of:


N_zsingle_quotesz_th byte, character or field, counted from 1


from N_zsingle_quotesz_th byte, character or field, to end of line


from N_zsingle_quotesz_th to M_zsingle_quotesz_th (included) byte, character or field


from first to M_zsingle_quotesz_th (included) byte, character or field


Written by David M. Ihnat, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.


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