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Print all lines between two line numbers

Terminal - Print all lines between two line numbers
awk 'NR >= 3 && NR <= 6' /path/to/file
2011-12-14 14:28:56
User: atoponce
Functions: awk
7
Print all lines between two line numbers

This command uses awk(1) to print all lines between two known line numbers in a file. Useful for seeing output in a log file, where the line numbers are known. The above command will print all lines between, and including, lines 3 and 6.

Alternatives

There are 11 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
sed -n '10,20p' <filename>
2009-02-08 22:34:04
User: ergut
Functions: sed
59

Similarly, if you want to print from 10 to the end of line you can use: sed -n '10,$p' filename

This is especially useful if you are dealing with a large file. Sometimes you just want to extract a sample without opening the entire file.

Credit goes to wbx & robert at the comments section of http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/348/get-line1000-from-text.#comment

sed -n 5p <file>
2009-10-15 11:00:48
User: Waldirio
Functions: sed
39

You can get one specific line during any procedure. Very interesting to be used when you know what line you want.

sed -n '3,6p' /path/to/file
2011-12-14 15:09:38
User: flatcap
Functions: sed
Tags: sed
6

Print all lines between two line numbers

This command uses sed(1) to print all lines between two known line numbers in a file. Useful for seeing output in a log file, where the line numbers are known. The above command will print all lines between, and including, lines 3 and 6.

sed -n '3,6p' /path/to/file
2011-12-14 15:09:38
User: flatcap
Functions: sed
Tags: sed
6

Print all lines between two line numbers

This command uses sed(1) to print all lines between two known line numbers in a file. Useful for seeing output in a log file, where the line numbers are known. The above command will print all lines between, and including, lines 3 and 6.

sed '10,20!d'
2011-03-31 15:30:24
User: tr00st
Functions: sed
3

Subtly different to the -n+p method... and probably wrong in so many ways....... But it's shorter. Just.

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

How about this ?

awk 'NR~2,NR~4' /path/to/file
Comment by zlemini 245 weeks and 5 days ago
awk 'NR~3,NR~6' /path/to/file
Comment by zlemini 245 weeks and 5 days ago

@zlemini that works too. '~' is a bit different though. it will only match '3' and '6' in this example, if those lines exist.

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