The cut utility
allows you to cut a specified bit of data from a file. The most
common usage is to split delimited lines such that the command
returns a given field for each row.
The "cut" utility follows the basic syntax shown below:
cut -c[character_position] filelist
cut -f[fields] -d[field separator] filelist
Consider the cut operation
applied to the password file in which we direct the utility
to return the 3rd field as delimited by the colon character.
||Specifies the character positions to cut out. It can be a comma
delimited list, a dash specified range, or both such as
||Specifies the fields that should be cut out
provided you also specify a delimiter. this does not work with the
-c option and vice versa.
||The character that delimits fields
||Specifies that if the specified delimiter does not appear in
the line, that the line should not be included im the cut.
Below are some more examples of using cut. Notice
that by default cut expects a tab character or space as a delimiter so
no delimiter need be specified if your file is already delimited by
a space character or tab.
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