Print just line 4 from a textfile

sed -n '4{p;q}'
Prints the 4th line and then quits. (Credit goes to flatcap in comments:

By: kniht
2010-07-10 00:26:22

7 Alternatives + Submit Alt

What Others Think

flatcap · 625 weeks and 1 day ago
Sorry, but this is not portable. Probably works with Linux/GNU sed only. For portability, you either have to use literal newline characters to separate the commands within a list, or simply repeat the command, like this: sed '4p;4q'
inof · 624 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

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

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this? is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.


Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: