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what's a commandline tool to take input from stdin, remove the first X character, and place the output to stdout?

Similar to how tail can skip the X lines and display the rest, but for characters on each line instead of lines in each file.

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The cut command might fit your needs:

echo "1234567890" | cut -c 6-

Outputs:

67890
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Oh, that does work - I read through the man page, and it didn't say you could leave off FILE, so I assumed this wouldn't work. Thanks! –  David Oneill Apr 20 '12 at 17:26
    
You're welcome! Square brackets generally mean optional arguments, if you do not specify a file it reads standard input. :) –  lgarzo Apr 20 '12 at 17:29
    
Oh! I hadn't noticed the brackets until you pointed them out. Thanks!!! –  David Oneill Apr 20 '12 at 17:36

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