Print just line 4 from a textfile

sed -n '4p'
this method should be the fastest

By: infinull
2010-07-08 22:07:40

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What Others Think

If it's a long file, then it's quicker to add a 'quit' command: (otherwise sed will read the rest of the file) sed -n '4{p;q}' text
flatcap · 624 weeks and 4 days ago
i think another way to achieve this, if one is also doing manipulations on line 4 (and thus can't use -n) is: sed '4q;1,3d' text sed 's/old/new/;4q;1,3d' text please correct me if i'm wrong.
argv · 623 weeks and 3 days 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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