seq 1 12 | sed 1,5d ; seq 1 12 | head --lines=-5

skipping five lines, at top, then at bottom

Strangely enough, there is no option --lines=[negative] with tail, like the head's one, so we have to use sed, which is very short and clear, you see. Strangely more enough, skipping lines at the bottom with sed is not short nor clear. From Sed one liner : # delete the last 10 lines of a file $ sed -e :a -e '$d;N;2,10ba' -e 'P;D' # method 1 $ sed -n -e :a -e '1,10!{P;N;D;};N;ba' # method 2
Sample Output
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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By: flux
2009-08-01 00:41:52

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echo {1..15} | tr ' ' '\n' | tail +6 | head -5
systemj · 459 weeks and 3 days ago
On Ubuntu it works like this: echo {1..15} | tr ' ' '\n' | tail -n+6 | head -n-5
aiva · 459 weeks and 2 days ago
Thank you for the feedback. :) The option ``tail -n+6'' appeared recently in GNU Coreutils. It's not present in my redhat EL5.3 for instance.
flux · 459 weeks and 1 day ago

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