Introduction to UNIX for Web Developers The "paste" Utility The "paste" utility allows you to copy fields from a file and send them to standard output. It is usually used to reorder fields in a file.

The "paste" utility follows the basic syntax shown below:

paste -s -d[delimiter] filelist

Consider the example below in which we use the cut utility to extract data from the "ls -l" command and then paste that information back together using the paste utility.

[paste Example]

As usual, the paste utility comes with its own set of options

Options Description
-d[delimiter] The character that delimits fields
-s Causes the paste to traverse each file separately and use the lines from each file for each column.

[paste -s Example]

[paste delimit Example]

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