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Viewing Linux Files with cat

Expert Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

March 22, 2011

Viewing Linux Files with the cat command

To simply see the contents of a file, use the cat command.

$ cat chapter2.txt

Much of what is needed to manage the Linux system and the databases is best done on the command line. The commands there are often the most powerful, flexible and consistent ones available.

The cat commandprints the contents of the file to the screen, but cat is actually designed to concatenate multiple files and display them as if they were one, hence the name.  To use cat this way, give cat multiple file names as arguments.

$ cat chapter2.txt chapter3.txt

Before installing Oracle, the Linux system needs to be customized to meet certain requirements.  This involves installing software and customizing some settings. Another thing to note is as it just prints the entire file to the screen without any control to page through it, cat becomes less useful when viewing large files.  One of the most popular commands to view larger files is more.


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