head(1) -- Linux man page

 

NAME

head - output the first part of files  

SYNOPSIS

head [OPTION]... [FILE]...  

DESCRIPTION

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=[-]N
print the first N bytes of each file; with the leading `-', print all but the last N bytes of each file
-n, --lines=[-]N
print the first N lines instead of the first 10; with the leading `-', print all but the last N lines of each file
-q, --quiet, --silent
never print headers giving file names
-v, --verbose
always print headers giving file names
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

N may have a multiplier suffix: b 512, k 1024, m 1024*1024.  

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie and Jim Meyering.  

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for head is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and head programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils head

should give you access to the complete manual.