SH - Split (File)

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split a file into pieces



where: Output fixed-size pieces of INPUT to PREFIXaa, PREFIXab, …

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


With no , or when INPUT is -, read standard input.

Prefix, Suffix

default PREFIX is ‘x’ Options:

  • -a, –suffix-length=N: use suffixes of length N (default 2)
  • -d, –numeric-suffixes: use numeric suffixes instead of alphabetic


default size is 1000 lines. SIZE may have a multiplier suffix: b for 512, k for 1K, m for 1 Meg. Size Options are:

  • -b, –bytes=SIZE: put SIZE bytes per output file
  • -C, –line-bytes=SIZE: put at most SIZE bytes of lines per output file
  • -l, –lines=NUMBER: put NUMBER lines per output file


  • –verbose: print a diagnostic to standard error just before each output file is opened
  • –help display this help and exit
  • –version: output version information and exit

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