|Simplified Manual Pages
The standard set of manual pages (often called man pages) which are available in most flavours of Linux, BSD and Unix tend to be long and they can be cryptic. Manual pages tend to list what options are available without explaining why we might use them. Further, many manual pages do not provide examples.
The TLDR-pages project has compiled a collection of simplified manual pages which present commands with a clear explanation of what each command does and lists examples of how the command is most often used. These simplified pages are available below.
Print and concatenate files.
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- Print the contents of a file to the standard output:
- Concatenate several files into an output file:
cat path/to/file1 path/to/file2 ... > path/to/output_file
- Append several files to an output file:
cat path/to/file1 path/to/file2 ... >> path/to/output_file
- Copy the contents of a file into an output file in [u]nbuffered mode:
cat -u /dev/tty12 > /dev/tty13
- Write `stdin` to a file:
cat - > path/to/file
- [n]umber all output lines:
cat -n path/to/file
- Display non-printable and whitespace characters (with `M-` prefix if non-ASCII):
cat -v -t -e path/to/file
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