Efficiently extract lines between markers

sed -n '/START/,${/STOP/q;p}'
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.
Sample Output
Match near start of file
$ time (sed -n '/,166499.248,/,/!./{/166499/d;/RTKCOMMAND/q;/#BESTPOS/p}' ../UUT1.ASC > temp_time_file)

real    0m0.093s
user    0m0.030s
sys     0m0.030s

$  time (sed -n '/,166499.248,/,/#RTKCOMMAND/{/#BESTPOS/p}' ../UUT1.ASC > temp_time_file)

real    0m2.015s
user    0m0.484s
sys     0m0.061s

$ time (grep -A 2500 -m 1 ",166499.248," ../UUT1.ASC | grep -A 2500 -m  1 '\#RTKCOMMAND' | grep '\#BESTPOS' > temp_time_file)

real    0m0.171s
user    0m0.122s
sys     0m0.060s

Match near end of file
$ time (sed -n '/,230399.072,/,/#RTKCOMMAND/{/#BESTPOS/p}' ../UUT1.ASC > temp_time_file)

real    0m2.000s
user    0m0.390s
sys     0m0.046s

$ time (sed -n '/,230399.072,/,/!./{/,230399.072,/d;/RTKCOMMAND/q;/#BESTPOS/p}' ../UUT1.ASC > temp_time_file)

real    0m2.015s
user    0m0.468s
sys     0m0.076s

$ time (grep -A 2500 -m 1 ",230399.072," ../UUT1.ASC | grep -A 2500 -m  1 '\#RTKCOMMAND' | grep '\#BESTPOS' > temp_time_file)

real    0m1.703s
user    0m0.137s
sys     0m0.076s

By: mungewell
2009-06-19 15:27:36

What Others Think

if you want the line with the STOP marker output as well you can use sed -n '/START/,/!./{p;/STOP/q}'
mungewell · 657 weeks and 4 days ago
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yeoyeo · 23 weeks and 1 day ago

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