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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.

TagDescription
-c, --bytes=[-]N
  print the first N bytes of each file; with the leading ‘-’, print all but the last N bytes of each file
-n, --lines=[-]N
  print the first N lines instead of the first 10; with the leading ‘-’, print all but the last N lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silent
  never print headers giving file names
-v, --verbose
  always print headers giving file names
--help display this help and exit
--version
  output version information and exit
N may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, k 1024, m 1024*1024.

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

head is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and head programs are properly installed at your site, the command
TagDescription
info head
should give you access to the complete manual.
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