The head command is used on Linux systems at the terminal. This information was obtained from a Kali Linux distribution using man head.


head – output the first part of files


       head [OPTION]... [FILE]...


Print the first 10 lines of each FILE to standard output. With more than one FILE, precede each with a header giving the file name.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-c, --bytes=[-]NUMprint the first NUM bytes of each file; with the leading '-', print all but the last NUM bytes of each file
-n, --lines=[-]NUMprint the first NUM lines instead of the first 10; with the leading '-', print all but the last NUM lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silentnever print headers giving file names
-v, --verbosealways print headers giving file names
-z, --zero-terminatedline delimiter is NUL, not newline
--helpdisplay this help and exit
--versionoutput version information and exit
NUM  may  have a multiplier suffix: b 512, kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, GB 1000*1000*1000, G 1024*1024*1024, and so on for T, P, E, Z, Y.


Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.


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