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HEAD(1)                          User Commands                         HEAD(1)



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(1,n)  name.   With
       no FILE, or when FILE is -, read(2,n,1 builtins) standard input.

       Mandatory  arguments  to  long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.

       -c, --bytes=[-]N
              print the first N bytes of each  file(1,n);  with  the  leading  `-',
              print all but the last N bytes of each file(1,n)

       -n, --lines=[-]N
              print  the first N lines instead of the first 10; with the lead-
              ing `-', print all but the last N lines of each file(1,n)

       -q, --quiet, --silent
              never print headers giving file(1,n) names

       -v, --verbose
              always print headers giving file(1,n) names

       --help display this help and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

       --version
              output version(1,3,5) information and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

       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  2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The full documentation for head is maintained as a Texinfo manual.   If
       the  info(1,5,n)  and  head  programs are properly installed at your site, the
       command

              info(1,5,n) coreutils head

       should give you access(2,5) to the complete manual.



head (coreutils) 5.2.1            March 2004                           HEAD(1)

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