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3.8 Display Commands

3.8.4 head - display the start of a file

head displays the head, or start, of the file.


head [options] file

Common Options

-n number number of lines to display, counting from the top of the file

-number same as above


By default head displays the first 10 lines. You can display more with the "-n number", or "-number" options, e.g., to display the first 40 lines:

% head -40 filename or head -n 40 filename

Introduction to Unix - 14 AUG 1996
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