SPLIT(1)                                                 SPLIT(1)

NAME
       split - split a file into pieces

SYNOPSIS
       split  [-lines] [-l lines] [-b bytes[bkm]] [-C bytes[bkm]]
       [--lines=lines]       [--bytes=bytes[bkm]]        [--line-
       bytes=bytes[bkm]]  [--help]  [--version] [infile [outfile-
       prefix]]

DESCRIPTION
       This manual page  documents  the  GNU  version  of  split.
       split  creates one or more output files (as many as neces-
       sary) containing consecutive sections of  the  infile,  or
       the  standard  input  if  none is given or the name `-' is
       given.  By default, split puts 1000  lines  of  the  input
       file,  or  whatever  is left if it is less than that, into
       each output file.

       The output file names consist of a prefix  followed  by  a
       group  of letters, chosen so that concatenating the output
       files in sorted order by file name produces  the  original
       input file, in order.  The default output file name prefix
       is `x'.  If the outfile-prefix argument is  given,  it  is
       used as the output file name prefix instead.

   OPTIONS
       -lines, -l lines, --lines=lines
              Put  lines lines of the input file into each output
              file.

       -b bytes[bkm], --bytes=bytes[bkm]
              Put bytes bytes of the input file into each  output
              file.   bytes is a nonzero integer, optionally fol-
              lowed by one of the following characters to specify
              a different unit.

              b      512-byte blocks.

              k      1-kilobyte blocks.

              m      1-megabyte blocks.

       -C bytes[bkm], --line-bytes=bytes[bkm]
              Put into each output file as many complete lines of
              the input file as  is  possible  without  exceeding
              bytes  bytes.   If a line that is longer than bytes
              bytes occurs, put bytes bytes of it into each  out-
              put  file  until  less than bytes bytes of the line
              are left, then continue normally.   bytes  has  the
              same format as for the --bytes option.

       --help Print  a  usage message and exit with a status code
              indicating success.

       --version
              Print version information on standard  output  then
              exit.

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