This question basically is exactly the same as this question in Stackoverflow.

Using the syntax of cut the specification cut -d '' file should actually work and (given the answers to the question) it seems to work on Linux systems. However, on Mac Os X I get cut: bad delimiter.

My question is: is there a way to specify a null delimiter in cut on Mac Os X?

(I know that one could just something else than cut but I am just wondering now ...).

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The standard cut on macOS doesn't support this, but you can get the GNU version (which does) by installing coreutils through Homebrew.


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