Linux Commands - Managing Files and Text


cat will read a file and print it to standard output, usually the screen. cat is short for catenate.


cat mytext

This will show the contents of mytext.

cat mytext yourtext

This will show the content of mytext and then follow it with yourtext.

cat mytext yourtext > newtext

This will combine the two texts into a new text file in order.


-A prints nonprinting and control characters

-e show a $ at the end of each line