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.\"	@(#)head.1	8.1 (Berkeley) 6/6/93
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.Dd June 6, 1993
.Dt HEAD 1
.Os
.Sh NAME
.Nm head
.Nd display first lines of a file
.Sh SYNOPSIS
.Nm
.Op Fl n Ar count | Fl c Ar bytes
.Op Ar
.Sh DESCRIPTION
This filter displays the first
.Ar count
lines or
.Ar bytes
of each of the specified files, or of the standard input if no
files are specified.
If
.Ar count
is omitted it defaults to 10.
.Pp
If more than a single file is specified, each file is preceded by a
header consisting of the string
.Dq ==> XXX <==
where
.Dq XXX
is the name of the file.
.Sh EXIT STATUS
.Ex -std
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr tail 1
.Sh HISTORY
The
.Nm
command appeared in PWB UNIX.