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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.

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

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

--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’th byte, character or field, counted from 1

from N’th byte, character or field, to end of line

from N’th to M’th (included) byte, character or field

from first to M’th (included) byte, character or field

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


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

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.


Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also

The full documentation for cut is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and cut programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info cut

should give you access to the complete manual.

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