head(1)head(1)NAMEhead - give first few lines
count] [file ...]
prints on standard output the first count lines of each of the speci‐
fied files, or of the standard input. If count is omitted it defaults
If multiple files are specified, outputs before each file a line of
The quantity of output is measured in bytes.
The number of units of output.
This option is provided for backward compatibility (see
below) and is mutually exclusive of all other options.
The quantity of output is measured in lines; this is the default.
The number of lines (default) or bytes output.
count is an unsigned decimal integer. If (or is not
given, the default quantity is 10. This option provides
the same functionality as the option, but in a more
standard way. Use of the option is recommended where
portability between systems is important.
determines the interpretation of text within file as single and/or
determines the language in which messages are displayed.
If or is not specified in the environment or is set to the empty
string, the value of is used as a default for each unspecified or empty
variable. If is not specified or is set to the empty string, a default
of "C" (see lang(5)) is used instead of
If any internationalization variable contains an invalid setting,
behaves as if all internationalization variables are set to "C". See
International Code Set Support
Single- and multi-byte character code sets are supported.
The length of the input lines is limited to bytes.
SEE ALSOtail(1), cat(1), more(1), pg(1).