sed -n '3,6p' /path/to/file

Print all lines between two line numbers

Print all lines between two line numbers This command uses sed(1) to print all lines between two known line numbers in a file. Useful for seeing output in a log file, where the line numbers are known. The above command will print all lines between, and including, lines 3 and 6.
Sample Output
$ seq 10 | sed -n '3,6p'
3
4
5
6

6
By: flatcap
2011-12-14 15:09:38

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What Others Think

The big difference between your sed(1) command, and my awk(1) command, is of course, I can choose to not include lines 3 and 6 in the output: awk 'NR > 3 && NR < 6' /path/to/file
atoponce · 336 weeks and 1 day ago
True, excluding the matching lines in sed is more of a pain involved. sed '1,3d;6Q' /path/to/file Delete up to line 3; leave 4 and 5 intact; quit on line 6.
flatcap · 336 weeks and 1 day ago
The simile command sed -n '10,20p' <filename> is issued on 2009-02-08 by ergut and honoured with 38 credits
knoppix5 · 336 weeks ago
39 credits now
zlemini · 336 weeks ago

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