split a file by a specific number of lines

csplit -k my_file 500 {*}
Splits the file "my_file" every 500 lines. Will create files called xx01 xx02 and so on. You can change the prefix by using the -f option. Comes in handy for splitting logfiles for example. I am using it for feeding a logfile parser with smaller files instead of one big file (due to performance reasons)

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By: Bender
2010-02-13 21:35:54

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pixelbeat · 448 weeks and 5 days ago
The real strength of csplit is cutting apart files based on regular expression: csplit splitme.txt '/xyzzy/' {*} will split 'splitme.txt' into chunks starting with the regular expression 'xyzzy'.
bartonski · 448 weeks and 5 days ago

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