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GNU coreutils 8.32
March 2020

coreutils

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

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A Perl interface to the World-Wide Web

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coreutils common optional components

coreutils-doc

Documentation for the GNU Core Utilities

NAME

head - output the first part of files

SYNOPSIS

head [\,OPTION\/]... [\,FILE\/]...

DESCRIPTION

Print the first 10 lines of each FILE to standard output. With more than one FILE, precede each with a header giving the file name.
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-c, --bytes=\,[-]NUM\/
print the first NUM bytes of each file; with the leading ’-’, print all but the last NUM bytes of each file
-n, --lines=\,[-]NUM\/
print the first NUM lines instead of the first 10; with the leading ’-’, print all but the last NUM lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silent
never print headers giving file names
-v, --verbose
always print headers giving file names
-z, --zero-terminated
line delimiter is NUL, not newline
--help display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit
NUM may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, GB 1000*1000*1000, G 1024*1024*1024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y. Binary prefixes can be used, too: KiB=K, MiB=M, and so on.

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report any translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

tail(1)
Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/head>
or available locally via: info \(aq(coreutils) head invocation\(aq
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