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.Dd 2015-10-08
.Dt PASTE 1
.Os sbase
.Sh NAME
.Nm paste
.Nd merge lines of files in parallel or sequentially
.Sh SYNOPSIS
.Nm
.Op Fl s
.Op Fl d Ar list
.Ar file ...
.Sh DESCRIPTION
.Nm
reads single lines from each
.Ar file
and writes them into one line, replacing
.Sy \en
with
.Sy \et
except from the last
.Ar file .
This process is repeated until each
.Ar file
is starved, treating zero-reads as empty lines along the way.
.Pp
If
.Ar file
is '-',
.Nm
interprets it as stdin.
.Sh OPTIONS
.Bl -tag -width Ds
.It Fl d Ar list
Replace
.Sy \en
with escaped characters from
.Ar list
by cycling through it.
.It Fl s
Read each
.Ar file
sequentially instead of in parallel.
.El
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr cut 1
.Sh STANDARDS
The
.Nm
utility is compliant with the
.St -p1003.1-2013
specification.