nl - line numbering filter
nl [-btype] [-htype] [-ftype] [-p] [-vstart#] [-iincr] [-ssep] [-
wwidth] [-nformat] [-lnum] [-ddelim] [file]
nl reads lines from the named file or the standard input if no file is
named and reproduces the lines on the standard output. Lines are
numbered on the left in accordance with the command options in effect.
nl views the text it reads in terms of logical pages. Line numbering
is reset at the start of each logical page. A logical page consists
of a header, a body, and a footer section. Empty sections are valid.
Different line numbering options are independently available for
header, body, and footer (e.g., no numbering of header and footer
lines while numbering blank lines only in the body).
The start of logical page sections are signaled by input lines
containing nothing but the following delimiter character(s):
Line contents | Start of
\:\:\: | header
\:\: | body
\: | footer
Unless told otherwise, nl assumes the text being read is in a single
logical page body.
Command options can appear in any order and can be intermingled with
an optional file name. Only one file can be named. nl recognizes the
-btype Specifies which logical page body lines are to be
numbered. Recognized types and their meanings are:
a number all lines;
t number lines with printable text
n no line numbering;
pstring number only lines that contain the
regular expression specified in
string. Basic Regular Expression
syntax is supported (see regexp(5)).
The default type for logical page body is t (text
-htype Same as -btype except for header. Default type for
logical page header is n (no lines numbered).
Hewlett-Packard Company - 1 - HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000
-ftype Same as -btype except for footer. Default for
logical page footer is n (no lines numbered).
-p Do not restart numbering at logical page delimiters.
-vstart# start# is the initial value used to number logical
page lines. Default is 1.
-iincr incr is the increment value used to number logical
page lines. Default is 1.
-ssep sep is the character or characters used in separating
the line number and the corresponding text line.
Default sep is a tab.
-wwidth width is the number of character columns to be used
for the line number. Default width is 6.
-nformat format is the line numbering format. Recognized
ln left justified, leading zeroes suppressed;
rn right justified, leading zeroes
rz right justified, leading zeroes kept.
Default format is rn (right justified).
-lnum num is the number of consecutive blank lines to be
treated and numbered as a single line. For example,
-l3 results in every third adjacent blank line being
numbered if the appropriate -ha, -ba, and/or -fa
option is set. Default is 1.
-dxx The delimiter characters specifying the start of a
logical page section can be changed from the default
characters (\:) to two user-specified characters. If
only one character is entered, the second character
remains the default character (:). No space should
appear between the -d and the delimiter characters,
however, this restriction is not there for XPG4
compliant nl. To define a backslash as the
delimiter, use two backslashes.
LC_COLLATE determines the collating sequence used in evaluating
LC_CTYPE determines the characters matched by character class
expressions in regular expressions.
Hewlett-Packard Company - 2 - HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000
If LC_COLLATE or LC_CTYPE is not specified in the environment or is
set to the empty string, the value of LANG is used as a default for
each unspecified or empty variable. If LANG is not specified or is
set to the empty string, a default of "C" (see lang(5)) is used
instead of LANG.
If any internationalization variable contains an invalid setting, nl
behaves as if all internationalization variables are set to "C". See
International Code Set Support
Single-byte character code sets are supported.
Number file1 starting at line number 10, using an increment of ten.
The logical page delimiters are ! and +:
nl -v10 -i10 -d!+ file1
pr(1), environ(5), lang(5), regexp(5).
nl: SVID2, SVID3, XPG2, XPG3, XPG4
Hewlett-Packard Company - 3 - HP-UX Release 11i: November 2000