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merge lines of files


paste [OPTION]... [FILE]...

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VIm copy & paste between apps as a non-superuser

Often times Linux distributions include a vim that does not support X11 or the clipboard. If you have gvim installed, you can run gvim in text mode by running it as

gvim -v

Try that and see if that fixes the problem. If it does, and if you don't want to type gvim -v all the time, you can create an alias,

alias vim='gvim -v'

or a link, e.g.,

ln -s $(which gvim) ~/bin/vim

For that, you'll need your own ~/bin directory and that directory early in your PATH, e.g., by putting


in your ~/.profile or ~/.bash_profile if ~/bin is not already in your PATH.


Using paste command to join with multiple character delimiter


echo  "WHERE log_date IN ('$(sed -e :a -e "$!N; s/\n/','/; ta" datefile)')"


Write lines consisting of the sequentially corresponding lines from each FILE, separated by TABs, to standard output. With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
, --delimiters=LIST

reuse characters from LIST instead of TABs

-s, --serial

paste one file at a time instead of in parallel


display this help and exit


output version information and exit


Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Report paste bugs to bug-coreutils[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org
GNU coreutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>
Report paste translation bugs to <>

see also

The full documentation for paste is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and paste programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info coreutils 'paste invocation'

should give you access to the complete manual.


Written by David M. Ihnat and David MacKenzie.

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