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Efficiently extract lines between markers

Terminal - Efficiently extract lines between markers
sed -n '/START/,${/STOP/q;p}'
2009-06-19 15:27:36
User: mungewell
Functions: sed
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Efficiently extract lines between markers

GNU Sed can 'address' between two regex, but it continues parsing through to the end of the file. This slight alteration causes it to terminate reading the input file once the STOP match is made.

In my example I have included an extra '/START/d' as my 'start' marker line contains the 'stop' string (I'm extracting data between 'resets' and using the time stamp as the 'start').

My previous coding using grep is slightly faster near the end of the file, but overall (extracting all the reset cycles in turn) the new SED method is quicker and a lot neater.

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if you want the line with the STOP marker output as well you can use

sed -n '/START/,/!./{p;/STOP/q}'
Comment by mungewell 252 weeks and 5 days ago

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