The cut command

The cut command is used to extract specified columns/characters of a piece of text, which is given as follows:

  • -c: Specifies the filtering of characters
  • -d: Specifies the delimiter for fields
  • -f: Specifies the field number

The following are a few examples that show the usage of the cut command:

  • Using the next command, from the /etc/passwd file, fields 1 and 3 will be displayed. The display will contain the login name and user ID. We use the -d: option to specify that the field or columns are separated by a colon (:):
   $ cut -d: -f1,3 /etc/passwd
  • Using this command, from the /etc/passwd file, the fields 1 to 5 will be displayed. ...

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