HEAD linux command manual
HEAD(1) User Commands HEAD(1)
head - output the first part of files
head [OPTION]... [FILE]...
Print the first 10 lines of each FILE to standard output. With more
than one FILE, precede each with a header giving the file name. With
no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options
print the first N bytes of each file; with the leading '-',
print all but the last N bytes of each file
print the first N lines instead of the first 10; with the lead-
ing '-', print all but the last N lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silent
never print headers giving file names
always print headers giving file names
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
N may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, k 1024, m 1024*1024.
Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.
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Copyright (C) 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 PARTICU-
The full documentation for head is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If
the info and head programs are properly installed at your site, the
info coreutils head
should give you access to the complete manual.
head (coreutils) 5.2.1 May 2004 HEAD(1)