HEAD(1) BSD General Commands Manual HEAD(1)NAMEhead — display first lines of a file
SYNOPSIShead [-n count | -c bytes] [file ...]
This filter displays the first count lines or bytes of each of the speci‐
fied files, or of the standard input if no files are specified. If count
is omitted it defaults to 10.
If more than a single file is specified, each file is preceded by a
header consisting of the string “==> XXX <==” where “XXX” is the name of
The head utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
The head command appeared in PWB UNIX.
BSD June 6, 1993 BSD