This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.
Click on any of the 687 commands below to get a description and list of available options. All links in the command summaries point to the online version of the book on Safari Bookshelf.
cut options [files]
Cut out selected columns or fields from one or more files. In the following options, list is a sequence of integers. Use a comma between separate values, and a hyphen to specify a range (e.g., 1-10,15,20 or 50-). See also paste and join.
Extract usernames and real names from /etc/passwd:
cut -d: -f1,5 /etc/passwd
Find out who is logged on, but list only login names:
who | cut -d" " -f1
Cut characters in the fourth column of file, and paste them back as the first column in the same file:
cut -c4 file | paste - file