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Name

cat - concatenate files and print on the standard output

Synopsis

cat [OPTION] [FILE]...

Description

Concatenate FILE(s), or standard input, to standard output.

-A, --show-all
equivalent to -vET
-b,--number-nonblank
number nonempty output lines
-e
equivalent to -vE
-E, --show-ends
display $ at end of each line
-n, --number
number all output lines
-s, --squeeze-blank
suppress repeated empty output lines
-t
equivalent to -vT
-T, --show-tabs
display TAB characters as ^I
-u
(ignored)
-v, --show-nonprinting
use ^ and M- notation, except for LFD and TAB
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Examples

cat f - g
Output f’s contents, then standard input, then g’s contents.
cat
Copy standard input to standard output.

Author

Written by Torbjorn Granlund and Richard M. Stallman.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html >
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also

The full documentation for cat is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and cat programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info cat

should give you access to the complete manual.

 


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