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SPLIT(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		      SPLIT(1)

NAME
     splitsplit a file into pieces

SYNOPSIS
     split [-l line_count] [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]
     split -b byte_count[K|k|M|m|G|g] [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]
     split -n chunk_count [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]
     split -p pattern [-a suffix_length] [file [prefix]]

DESCRIPTION
     The split utility reads the given file and breaks it up into files of
     1000 lines each (if no options are specified), leaving the file
     unchanged.	 If file is a single dash (‘-’) or absent, split reads from
     the standard input.

     The options are as follows:

     -a suffix_length
	     Use suffix_length letters to form the suffix of the file name.

     -b byte_count[K|k|M|m|G|g]
	     Create split files byte_count bytes in length.  If k or K is
	     appended to the number, the file is split into byte_count kilo‐
	     byte pieces.  If m or M is appended to the number, the file is
	     split into byte_count megabyte pieces.  If g or G is appended to
	     the number, the file is split into byte_count gigabyte pieces.

     -l line_count
	     Create split files line_count lines in length.

     -n chunk_count
	     Split file into chunk_count smaller files.

     -p pattern
	     The file is split whenever an input line matches pattern, which
	     is interpreted as an extended regular expression.	The matching
	     line will be the first line of the next output file.  This option
	     is incompatible with the -b and -l options.

     If additional arguments are specified, the first is used as the name of
     the input file which is to be split.  If a second additional argument is
     specified, it is used as a prefix for the names of the files into which
     the file is split.	 In this case, each file into which the file is split
     is named by the prefix followed by a lexically ordered suffix using
     suffix_length characters in the range “a-z”.  If -a is not specified, two
     letters are used as the suffix.

     If the prefix argument is not specified, the file is split into lexically
     ordered files named with the prefix “x” and with suffixes as above.

ENVIRONMENT
     The LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE and LC_COLLATE environment variables affect
     the execution of split as described in environ(7).

EXIT STATUS
     The split utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

SEE ALSO
     csplit(1), re_format(7)

STANDARDS
     The split utility conforms to IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 (“POSIX.1”).

HISTORY
     A split command appeared in Version 3 AT&T UNIX.

BUGS
     The maximum line length for matching patterns is 65536.

BSD			       September 2, 2010			   BSD
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