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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
-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 © 2011 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.


The full documentation for csplit is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and csplit programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'csplit invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.
September 2011 GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb