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How to Cut Sections of Line in File in linux

To cut sections of a line in a file in Linux, you can use the `cut` command. The `cut` command is primarily used to extract specific columns or sections from lines of input.

Here's the basic syntax of the `cut` command:

cut -c start-end file

- `-c` specifies that you want to cut based on characters.
- `start-end` represents the range of characters you want to extract. Replace `start` with the starting position and `end` with the ending position of the section you want to cut.
- `file` is the name of the file you want to perform the operation on.

For example, let's say you have a file named "data.txt" with the following content:

Hello, World!

If you want to extract the characters from position 2 to position 7, you can run the following command:

cut -c 2-7 data.txt

The output will be:


You can also use the `cut` command with other options to modify the behavior based on different delimiters or fields in the input file. Refer to the `cut` command's manual page (`man cut`) for more details and options.

Note: The `cut` command operates on a per-line basis, so it's suitable for cutting sections of a line. If you need more complex text processing, you may consider using tools like `awk` or `sed`.

Date: 20 June 2023    Comments: 0

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