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O'Reilly Network: Working With Text [in FreeBSD]

Oct 22, 2000, 17:27 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Once you have your FreeBSD system up and running, what do you spend most of your time doing? Why, working with and creating files, of course. In today's article, I want to concentrate on manipulating text in files; we'll start with some useful commands that came with your FreeBSD system, then we'll examine some of the utilities in the ports collection."

"One of the most useful utilities for quick manipulation of text files is the cat utility. One does have to be careful when using cat, especially if you're quick with the Enter key, as it is easy to destroy existing files if you're not careful. By default, cat will display the specified file to your screen. That is,

                     cat filename

will display the contents of a file named filename."

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