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.\" @(#)cat.1 8.3 (Berkeley) 5/2/95
.Dd $Mdocdate: January 15 2015 $
.Dt CAT 1
.Nd concatenate and print files
.Op Fl benstuv
utility reads files sequentially, writing them to the standard output.
operands are processed in command-line order.
is a single dash
.Pq Sq -
reads from the standard input.
The options are as follows:
.Bl -tag -width Ds
.It Fl b
option but doesn't count blank lines.
.It Fl e
option and also prints a dollar sign
.Pq Ql \&$
at the end of each line.
.It Fl n
Number the output lines, starting at 1.
.It Fl s
Squeeze multiple adjacent empty lines, causing the output to be
.It Fl t
option and also prints tab characters as
.Ql ^I .
.It Fl u
The output is guaranteed to be unbuffered (see
.Xr setvbuf 3 ) .
.It Fl v
Displays non-printing characters so they are visible.
Control characters print as
for control-X, with the exception of the tab and EOL characters,
which are displayed normally.
The tab character, control-I, can be made visible via the
The DEL character (octal 0177) prints as
.Ql ^? .
Non-ASCII characters (with the high bit set) are printed as
(for meta) followed by the character for the low 7 bits.
.Sh EXIT STATUS
.Ex -std cat
Print the contents of
to the standard output:
.Dl $ cat file1
Sequentially print the contents of
to the file
.Ar file3 ,
if it already exists.
See the manual page for your shell (e.g.,
.Xr sh 1 )
for more information on redirection.
.Dl $ cat file1 file2 > file3
Print the contents of
.Ar file1 ,
print data it receives from the standard input until it receives an
.Pq Sq ^D
character, print the contents of
.Ar file2 ,
read and output contents of the standard input again, then finally output
the contents of
.Ar file3 .
Note that if the standard input referred to a file, the second dash
on the command line would have no effect, since the entire contents of the file
would have already been read and printed by
when it encountered the first
.Dl $ cat file1 - file2 - file3
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr head 1 ,
.Xr less 1 ,
.Xr more 1 ,
.Xr pr 1 ,
.Xr sh 1 ,
.Xr tail 1 ,
.Xr vis 1 ,
.Xr setvbuf 3
.%A Rob Pike
.%T "UNIX Style, or cat -v Considered Harmful"
.%J "USENIX Summer Conference Proceedings"
utility is compliant with the
.Op Fl benstv
are extensions to that specification.
utility appeared in
.At v1 .
Because of the shell language mechanism used to perform output
redirection, the following command will cause the original data in
to be destroyed:
.Dl $ cat file1 file2 > file1
.Ar file1 ,
.Dl $ cat file2 >> file1