Delete lines in a text file fast

10056dd
If you want to delete lines fast then all you need to do is vi/vim a text file, type in the amount of lines you want to delete (in my example I wanted to delete 10056 lines) followed by dd (no spaces). There will be no output so becareful with what number you type.

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By: techie
2013-04-10 10:34:39
dd

What Others Think

This is very-very basic vi/vim knowledge - without you will propably fail to use the editor. Therefore IMHO highly redundant to mention it here. Sorry ..
Paule · 336 weeks and 1 day ago
I'm inclined to agree with Paule, also I'm having difficultly framing a situation in which I want to delete 10056 lines without some idea of what that range might be, why 10056 lines, other than the fact that it a big(ish) number and therefore provides some context for "fast"? Anyhow, for such a task there is no need to open the file: sed -i '1,10056d' file.txt The question of range aside, should I remove such a number of lines I'd probably want to keep the original and make a revision: sed '100,700d' revision1.txt > revision2.txt
khayyam · 336 weeks and 1 day ago
I had a very large file with many different configurations in but #'d out.. I used vim and got to the line that I needed the file to start at which was 1057 so I went back to the top of the file and used 1057dd.. When I posted I used an extra 0 in the middle. It would have been a mess if I did that in the command line lol
techie · 331 weeks and 1 day ago
dG in vim is better, I think...
Zulu · 331 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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