The samtools head command outputs SAM headers exactly as they appear in the input file; in particular, it never adds an @PG header itself. (Other samtools commands add such @PG headers to facilitate provenance tracking in analysis pipelines, but because samtools head never outputs more than a handful of alignment records it is unsuitable for use in such contexts anyway.)
Display only the first INT header lines. By default, all header lines are displayed.
Also display the first INT alignment records. By default, no alignment records are displayed.
samtools (1), samtools-view (1)
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