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Remove a range of lines from a file

Terminal - Remove a range of lines from a file
vi +{<end>..<start>}d +wq <filename>
2012-01-26 20:36:04
User: javidjamae
Functions: vi
Remove a range of lines from a file

Deletes lines to of a file. You must put the end line first in the range for the curly brace expansion, otherwise it will not work properly.


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
sed -i <file> -re '<start>,<end>d'
2012-02-02 17:59:18
User: Zulu
Functions: sed
Tags: bash sed

Delete a range of line

vi +'<start>,<end>d' +wq <filename>
perl -i -ne 'print if $. == 3..5' <filename>
vi +START,ENDd +wq sample.txt
2012-01-26 20:47:35
User: titan2x
Functions: vi
Tags: bash vi

Deletes lines from START to END, inclusive. For example +4,10d will delete line 4, 5, ..., 10. Just like the vi command :4,10d does it.

sed -i <start>,<end>d <filename>

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What others think

echo -e "a\nb\nc\nd\ne\nf" > /tmp/aaa

vi +{4,2}d +wq /tmp/aaa

cat /tmp/aaa





'c' not gone ????

Comment by totti 165 weeks and 5 days ago

Thus can't say range

Comment by totti 165 weeks and 5 days ago

Ooops, that was supposed to be a ".." not a ",". I'll fix it.

Comment by javidjamae 165 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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