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GNU coreutils 8.32
March 2020


The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system


coreutils common optional components


Documentation for the GNU Core Utilities


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
-n with -b: don’t split multibyte characters
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
--help 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 N’th byte, character or field, counted from 1
N- from N’th byte, character or field, to end of line
N-M from N’th to M’th (included) byte, character or field
-M from first to M’th (included) byte, character or field


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


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This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


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