xin - split standard input and pipe into a command


       xin [ -h | -v ]
       xin  [ -b size | -l lines | -p size | -f code ] -e command
       [ arguments...  ]


       xin reads from standard input and splits the data up  into
       sections,  piping  each section to a separate command.  If
       both -b and -l are used xin will split the section as soon
       as  either  limit  is reached. A command will only be exe-
       cuted when there is data waiting to be written.

       If command exits or closes the pipe before the entire sec-
       tion  is  written  an  error will occur and xin will exit.
       There is no way of recovering from this situation  without
       losing  data  since  xin  cannot know if the data has been
       read and processed - this is a limitation of pipes.

       A size may have a multiplier suffix: 'b' for 512, 'k'  for
       1024, and 'm' for 1024k.


   -b, --bytes
       Limit each section to size bytes.

   -l, --lines
       Limit each section to lines lines.

   -p, --padding
       Zero  extend  any section of input written to command to a
       multiple of size bytes. This option can be used by  itself
       for  padding  a data stream without splitting. The default
       is no padding.

   -f, --fatal-code
       When command exits with error code xin will  exit  with	a
       fatal error. The default is 255.

   -e, --exec
       Use  to	denote the end of xin arguments and the beginning
       of command.

   -V, --version
       Display version and exit.

   -h, --help
       Display usage information and exit.


       Mark Pulford <mark-at-kyne-dot-com-dot-au>




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