Use one or more of the provided characters to replace the newline
characters instead of the default tab.
The characters in
are used circularly, i.e., when
is exhausted the first character from
This continues until a line from the last input file (in default operation)
or the last line in each file (using the
option) is displayed, at which
begins selecting characters from the beginning of
The following special characters can also be used in list:
|\0||Empty string (not a null character).|
Any other character preceded by a backslash is equivalent to the character itself.
|-s||Concatenate all of the lines of each separate input file in command line order. The newline character of every line except the last line in each input file is replaced with the tab character, unless otherwise specified by the -d option.|
If '' is specified for one or more of the input files, the standard input is used; standard input is read one line at a time, circularly, for each instance of ''.
List the files in the current directory in three columns:
ls | paste - - -
Combine pairs of lines from a file into single lines:
paste -s -d \t\n myfile
Number the lines in a file, similar to nl(1):
sed = myfile | paste -s -d \t\n - -
Create a colon-separated list of directories named bin, suitable for use in the PATH environment variable:
find / -name bin -type d | paste -s -d : -
The paste utility is expected to be -p1003.2 compatible.
A paste command appeared in AT&T 32v .