recdel man page

recdel — remove records from a recfile


recdel [OPTIONS]... [-t TYPE] [-n NUM | -e RECORD_EXPR | -q STR | -m NUM] [FILE]


Remove (or comment out) records from a rec file.

-c, --comment

comment out the matching records instead of deleting them.


delete even in potentially dangerous situations, and if the deletion is violating record restrictions.


don't use external descriptors.


give a detailed report if the integrity check fails.


print a help message and exit.


show version and exit.

Record selection options

-i, --case-insensitive

make strings case-insensitive in selection expressions.

-t, --type=TYPE

operate on records of the specified type only.

-e, --expression=RECORD_EXPR

selection expression.

-q, --quick=STR

select records with fields containing a string.

-n, --number=NUM,...

select specific records by position, with ranges.

-m, --random=NUM

select a given number of random records.

If no FILE is specified then the command acts like a filter, getting the data from standard input and writing the result to standard output.


Written by Jose E. Marchesi.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to:
GNU recutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>

See Also

The full documentation for recdel is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and recdel programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info recutils

should give you access to the complete manual.


March 2014 recdel 1.6.90 User Commands