Pick a random line from a file

sort -R file.txt | head -1

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By: dfego
2009-07-23 22:24:52

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excellent. i wish -R was a standard option though :(
recursiverse · 465 weeks ago
rl -c 1 (rl stands for "Randomize Lines" and can be easily installed on most distribs when not already done)
Josay · 465 weeks ago
rl is available as package 'randomize-lines' under debian/ubuntu.
bwoodacre · 465 weeks ago
shuf -n1 file.txt
sklm · 464 weeks and 6 days ago
even better! shuf is part of GNU coreutils.
bwoodacre · 464 weeks and 6 days ago
The third one is the only one that doesn't require GNU coreutils.
andrew112358 · 464 weeks and 6 days ago

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