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HEAD

Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: July 2014
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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.

-c, --bytes=[-]K
print the first K bytes of each file; with the leading '-', print all but the last K bytes of each file
-n, --lines=[-]K
print the first K lines instead of the first 10; with the leading '-', print all but the last K 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

K 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.

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

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://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

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

should give you access to the complete manual.


 

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