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CSPLIT(1) User Commands CSPLIT(1)


csplit - split a file into sections determined by context lines


csplit [ OPTION]... FILE PATTERN...


Output pieces of FILE separated by PATTERN(s) to files 'xx00', 'xx01', ..., and output byte counts of each piece to standard output.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-b, --suffix-format=FORMAT
use sprintf FORMAT instead of %02d
-f, --prefix=PREFIX
use PREFIX instead of 'xx'
-k, --keep-files
do not remove output files on errors
-m, --suppress-matched
suppress the lines matching PATTERN
-n, --digits=DIGITS
use specified number of digits instead of 2
-s, --quiet, --silent
do not print counts of output file sizes
-z, --elide-empty-files
remove empty output files
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
Read standard input if FILE is -. Each PATTERN may be:
copy up to but not including specified line number
copy up to but not including a matching line
skip to, but not including a matching line
repeat the previous pattern specified number of times
repeat the previous pattern as many times as possible
A line OFFSET is a required '+' or '-' followed by a positive integer.


Written by Stuart Kemp and David MacKenzie.


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Copyright © 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


Full documentation at: <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) csplit invocation'
March 2015 GNU coreutils 8.23