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
              generate suffixes of length N (default 2)

              append an additional SUFFIX to file names.

       -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[=FROM]
              use numeric suffixes instead of alphabetic.  FROM changes the start value (default 0).

       -e, --elide-empty-files
              do not generate empty output files with '-n'

              write to shell COMMAND; file name is $FILE

       -l, --lines=NUMBER
              put NUMBER lines per output file

       -n, --number=CHUNKS
              generate CHUNKS output files.  See below

       -u, --unbuffered
              immediately copy input to output with '-n r/...'

              print a diagnostic just before each output file is opened

       --help display this help and exit

              output version information and exit

       SIZE is an integer and optional unit (example: 10M is 10*1024*1024).  Units are K, M, G, T, P, E, Z, Y (powers of 1024) or KB, MB, ... (powers of 1000).

       CHUNKS may be: N       split into N files based on size of input K/N     output Kth of N to stdout l/N     split into N files without splitting lines l/K/N   output Kth of N to stdout without splitting lines r/N     like 'l' but use round robin distribution r/K/N   likewise but only output Kth of N to stdout


       Written by Torbjorn Granlund and Richard M. Stallman.

reporting bugs

       Report split bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
       GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
       General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
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       Copyright © 2013 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 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.