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     cut - cut out selected fields of each line of a file

     cut -b list [-n] [file...]

     cut -c list [file...]

     cut -f list [-d delim] [-s] [file...]

     Use the cut utility to cut  out  columns  from  a  table  or
     fields  from  each line of a file; in data base parlance, it
     implements the projection  of  a  relation.  The  fields  as
     specified  by  list  can be fixed length, that is, character
     positions as on a punched card (-c option) or the length can
     vary  from line to line and be marked with a field delimiter
     character like <TAB> (-f option).  cut  can  be  used  as  a

     Either the -b, -c, or -f option must be specified.

     Use grep(1) to make horizontal ``cuts'' (by context) through
     a  file, or paste(1) to put files together column-wise (that
     is, horizontally). To reorder columns in a  table,  use  cut
     and paste.

     The following options are supported:

     list            A   comma-separated   or    blank-character-
                     separated  list of integer field numbers (in
                     increasing order), with optional - to  indi-
                     cate  ranges  (for  instance,  1,4,7; 1-3,8;
                     -5,10 (short for 1-5,10); or 3-  (short  for
                     third through last field)).

     -b list         The list following -b specifies  byte  posi-
                     tions  (for  instance, -b1-72 would pass the
                     first 72 bytes of each line). When -b and -n
                     are  used together, list is adjusted so that
                     no multi-byte character is split.

     -c list         The list following  -c  specifies  character
                     positions  (for  instance, -c1-72 would pass
                     the first 72 characters of each line).

     -d delim        The character following -d is the field del-
                     imiter  (-f  option  only).  Default is tab.
                     Space or other characters with special mean-
                     ing  to  the shell must be quoted. delim can
                     be a multi-byte character.

     -f list         The list following -f is a  list  of  fields
                     assumed  to  be  separated  in the file by a
                     delimiter character (see -d ); for instance,
                     -f1,7  copies  the  first  and seventh field
                     only. Lines with no field delimiters will be
                     passed through intact (useful for table sub-
                     headings), unless -s is specified.

     -n              Do not split characters. When -b list and -n
                     are  used together, list is adjusted so that
                     no multi-byte character is split.

     -s              Suppresses lines with no  delimiter  charac-
                     ters in case of -f option. Unless specified,
                     lines with  no  delimiters  will  be  passed
                     through untouched.

     The following operands are supported:

     file            A path name of an input  file.  If  no  file
                     operands are specified, or if a file operand
                     is -, the standard input will be used.

     See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior of  cut
     when  encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte (2
    **31 bytes).

     Example 1: Mapping user IDs

     A mapping of user IDs to names follows:

     example% cut -d: -f1,5 /etc/passwd

     Example 2: Setting current login name

     To set name to current login name:

     example$ name=`who am i | cut -f1 -d' '`

     See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment
     variables  that  affect  the execution of cut: LANG, LC_ALL,

     The following exit values are returned:

     0        All input files were output successfully.

     >0       An error occurred.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |
    | CSI                         | Enabled                     |
    | Interface Stability         | Standard                    |

     grep(1), paste(1), attributes(5), environ(5),  largefile(5),

     cut: -n may only be used with -b

     cut: -d may only be used with -f

     cut: -s may only be used with -f

     cut: cannot open <file>                 Either  file  cannot
                                             be  read or does not
                                             exist.  If  multiple
                                             files  are  present,
                                             processing   contin-

     cut: no delimiter specified             Missing delim on  -d

     cut: invalid delimiter

     cut: no list specified                  Missing list on  -b,
                                             -c, or -f option.

     cut: invalid range specifier

     cut: too many ranges specified

     cut: range must be increasing

     cut: invalid character in range

     cut: internal error processing input

     cut: invalid multibyte character

     cut: unable to allocate enough memory

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