cut - Unix, Linux Command


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NAME

cut - To divide a file into several parts (columns)

SYNOPSIS

cut [OPTION]... [FILE]...

DESCRIPTION

cur writes to standard output selected parts of each line of each input file, or standard input if no files are given or for a file name of '-'.

OPTIONS

TagDescription
-b BYTE-LIST
--bytes=BYTE-LIST
Print only the bytes in positions listed in BYTE-LIST. Tabs and backspaces are treated like any other character; they take up 1 byte.
-c CHARACTER-LIST
--characters=CHARACTER-LIST
Print only characters in positions listed in CHARACTER-LIST. The same as '-b' for now, but internationalization will change that. Tabs and backspaces are treated like any other character; they take up 1 character.
-f FIELD-LIST
--fields=FIELD-LIST
Print only the fields listed in FIELD-LIST. Fields are separated by a TAB character by default.
-d INPUT_DELIM_BYTE
--delimiter=INPUT_DELIM_BYTE
For '-f', fields are separated in the input by the first character in INPUT_DELIM_BYTE (default is TAB).
-nDo not split multi-byte characters (no-op for now).
-s
--only-delimited
For '-f', do not print lines that do not contain the field separator character.
--output-delimiter=OUTPUT_DELIM_STRINGFor '-f', output fields are separated by OUTPUT_DELIM_STRING The default is to use the input delimiter.

EXAMPLES

Let's have a sample file sample.txt

$ cat sample.txt
1;2;3;4;5;6;7;8;9

To Parse out column 2 from a semicolon (;) delimited file:

$ cat sample.txt | cut -d \; -f 2 > output.txt
$ cat output.txt
2


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