split - split a file into pieces


split [OPTION]... [INPUT [PREFIX]]


Output fixed-size pieces of INPUT to PREFIXaa, PREFIXab, ...; default size is 1000 lines, and default PREFIX is ‘x’. With no INPUT, or when INPUT is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-a, --suffix-length=N
 use suffixes of length N (default 2)
-b, --bytes=SIZE
 put SIZE bytes per output file
-C, --line-bytes=SIZE
 put at most SIZE bytes of lines per output file
-d, --numeric-suffixes
 use numeric suffixes instead of alphabetic
-l, --lines=NUMBER
 put NUMBER lines per output file
 print a diagnostic just before each output file is opened
--help display this help and exit
 output version information and exit
SIZE may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, GB 1000*1000*1000, G 1024*1024*1024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.


Written by Torbjorn Granlund and Richard M. Stallman.


Report split bugs to GNU coreutils home page: <> General help using GNU software: <>


Copyright © 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for split is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and split programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils 'split invocation'
should give you access to the complete manual.

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