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5.4 'csplit': Split a file into context-determined pieces

'csplit' creates zero or more output files containing sections of INPUT
(standard input if INPUT is '-').  Synopsis:

     csplit [OPTION]... INPUT PATTERN...

   The contents of the output files are determined by the PATTERN
arguments, as detailed below.  An error occurs if a PATTERN argument
refers to a nonexistent line of the input file (e.g., if no remaining
line matches a given regular expression).  After every PATTERN has been
matched, any remaining input is copied into one last output file.

   By default, 'csplit' prints the number of bytes written to each
output file after it has been created.

   The types of pattern arguments are:

     Create an output file containing the input up to but not including
     line N (a positive integer).  If followed by a repeat count, also
     create an output file containing the next N lines of the input file
     once for each repeat.

     Create an output file containing the current line up to (but not
     including) the next line of the input file that contains a match
     for REGEXP.  The optional OFFSET is an integer.  If it is given,
     the input up to (but not including) the matching line plus or minus
     OFFSET is put into the output file, and the line after that begins
     the next section of input.

     Like the previous type, except that it does not create an output
     file, so that section of the input file is effectively ignored.

     Repeat the previous pattern REPEAT-COUNT additional times.  The
     REPEAT-COUNT can either be a positive integer or an asterisk,
     meaning repeat as many times as necessary until the input is

   The output files' names consist of a prefix ('xx' by default)
followed by a suffix.  By default, the suffix is an ascending sequence
of two-digit decimal numbers from '00' to '99'.  In any case,
concatenating the output files in sorted order by file name produces the
original input file.

   By default, if 'csplit' encounters an error or receives a hangup,
interrupt, quit, or terminate signal, it removes any output files that
it has created so far before it exits.

   The program accepts the following options.  Also see *note Common

     Use PREFIX as the output file name prefix.

     Use FORMAT as the output file name suffix.  When this option is
     specified, the suffix string must include exactly one
     'printf(3)'-style conversion specification, possibly including
     format specification flags, a field width, a precision
     specifications, or all of these kinds of modifiers.  The format
     letter must convert a binary unsigned integer argument to readable
     form.  The format letters 'd' and 'i' are aliases for 'u', and the
     'u', 'o', 'x', and 'X' conversions are allowed.  The entire FORMAT
     is given (with the current output file number) to 'sprintf(3)' to
     form the file name suffixes for each of the individual output files
     in turn.  If this option is used, the '--digits' option is ignored.

     Use output file names containing numbers that are DIGITS digits
     long instead of the default 2.

     Do not remove output files when errors are encountered.

     Do not output lines matching the specified PATTERN.  I.e., suppress
     the boundary line from the start of the second and subsequent

     Suppress the generation of zero-length output files.  (In cases
     where the section delimiters of the input file are supposed to mark
     the first lines of each of the sections, the first output file will
     generally be a zero-length file unless you use this option.)  The
     output file sequence numbers always run consecutively starting from
     0, even when this option is specified.

     Do not print counts of output file sizes.

   An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value
indicates failure.

   Here is an example of its usage.  First, create an empty directory
for the exercise, and cd into it:

     $ mkdir d && cd d

   Now, split the sequence of 1..14 on lines that end with 0 or 5:

     $ seq 14 | csplit - '/[05]$/' '{*}'

   Each number printed above is the size of an output file that csplit
has just created.  List the names of those output files:

     $ ls
     xx00  xx01  xx02

   Use 'head' to show their contents:

     $ head xx*
     ==> xx00 <==

     ==> xx01 <==

     ==> xx02 <==

   Example of splitting input by empty lines:

     $ csplit --suppress-matched INPUT.TXT '/^$/' '{*}'

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