colrm - Man Page

remove columns from a file

Examples (TL;DR)


colrm [first [last]]


colrm removes selected columns from a file. Input is taken from standard input. Output is sent to standard output.

If called with one parameter the columns of each line will be removed starting with the specified first column. If called with two parameters the columns from the first column to the last column will be removed.

Column numbering starts with column 1.


-h, ā€‰--help

Display help text and exit.

-V, ā€‰--version

Print version and exit.


The colrm command appeared in 3.0BSD.

See Also

awk(1p), column(1), expand(1), paste(1)

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The colrm command is part of the util-linux package which can be downloaded from Linux Kernel Archive.

Referenced By


2024-01-31 util-linux 2.40