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NAME

     head -- display first lines of a file


SYNOPSIS

     head [-n count | -c bytes] [file ...]


DESCRIPTION

     This filter displays the first count lines or bytes of each of the speci-
     fied files, or of the standard input if no files are specified.  If count
     is omitted it defaults to 10.

     If more than a single file is specified, each file is preceded by a
     header consisting of the string ``==> XXX <=='' where ``XXX'' is the name
     of the file.


EXIT STATUS

     The head utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


SEE ALSO

     tail(1)


HISTORY

     The head command appeared in PWB UNIX.

BSD                              June 6, 1993                              BSD

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