I used split -b 32m "file.bz2" "file.bz2.part-" to split a file and it created more than 50 parts. From googling, the way I found to reassemble the parts is to cat file.bz2.part-aa file.bz2.part-ab > file.bz2, while enumerating all the 50+ parts. Is there an easier way to reassemble the parts wherein I no longer need to list all those parts explicitly?

I'm using Fedora 12.


This is what wildcards and brace expansion are for. See if echo file.bz2.part-* returns the filenames in the desired order, and use cat file.bz2.part-* > file.bz2 if it does. Otherwise, figure out some other more complex expansion that does.


split creates its partial file names in ascending lexicographical order. Since wildcard expansions lists the files in lexicographical order, cat file.bz2part-* > file.bz2 will concatenate the parts in the right order.



for i in `ls file.part-* |sort`; do echo $i; cat $i >> newfile; done
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