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paste(1)							      paste(1)

       paste  -	 merge	same lines of several files or subsequent lines of one

       file1 file2 ...

       list file1 file2 ...

       list] file1 file2 ...

       In the first two forms, concatenates corresponding lines of  the	 given
       input files file1, file2, etc.  It treats each file as a column or col‐
       umns in a table and pastes them together horizontally  (parallel	 merg‐
       ing).  In other words, it is the horizontal counterpart of cat(1) which
       concatenates vertically; i.e., one file after the other.	 In the option
       form  above,  replaces  the  function of an older command with the same
       name by combining subsequent lines of the input file (serial  merging).
       In  all cases, lines are glued together with the tab character, or with
       characters from an optionally specified list.  Output  is  to  standard
       output,	so  can	 be  used as the start of a pipe, or as a filter if is
       used instead of a file name.

   recognizes the following options and command-line arguments:
	      Without this option, the new-line characters
			of all but the last file (or last line in case of  the
			option)	 are replaced by a tab character.  This option
			allows replacing the tab  character  by	 one  or  more
			alternate characters (see below).

	      list	One  or	 more characters immediately following replace
			the default tab as the line  concatenation  character.
			The  list is used circularly; i.e., when exhausted, it
			is reused.  In parallel merging (that is, no  option),
			the  lines  from  the  last file are always terminated
			with a new-line character, not	from  the  list.   The
			list  can  contain the special escape sequences: (new-
			line), (tab), (backslash), and (empty  string,	not  a
			null  character).  Quoting may be necessary if charac‐
			ters have special meaning to the shell.	 (For example,
			to get one backslash, use ).

	      Merge subsequent lines rather than one from each input file.
			Use  tab for concatenation, unless a list is specified
			with the option.  Regardless of	 the  list,  the  very
			last character of the file is forced to be a new-line.

	      Can be used in place of any file name
			to  read  a  line from the standard input (there is no

   Environment Variables
       determines the locale for the interpretation of text as single-	and/or
       multi-byte characters.

       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.

       These commands return the following values upon completion:

	      Completed successfully.

	      An error occurred.

       List directory in one column:

       List directory in four columns

       Combine pairs of lines into lines

       works similarly, but creates extra blanks, tabs	and  new-lines	for  a
       nice page layout.

       Except for the		option,	 no  more  than − 3 input files can be
				specified (see limits(5)).

       was developed by OSF and HP.

       cut(1), grep(1), pr(1).


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