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Old 02-11-2005, 09:36 AM   #1
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how to extract certain lines from a log file

Hi there

I want to extract some lines from a log file pertaining to a certain date and time frame. The log file is /var/log/messages and it's huge: 7.4 MB gzipped, or 973,367 lines.

I would like to extract, say, Feb 11 between 5-6 AM and save in another file or even view it on the command line (like with vi or something)

I tried "cat messages.1.gz | grep "Feb 11"" and it didn't do anything.

What about for a certain date (Feb 11) and some other entry in the line, for instance, a certian IP address? grep Feb 11 | grep

Thank you very much
Old 02-11-2005, 10:09 AM   #2
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I think you should un-gzip it, that should do the trick .
Old 02-11-2005, 10:21 AM   #3
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Hah, thanks.

I unzipped it then I tried "cat messages.1 | grep "Feb 11" > newfile" and it worked.
Old 02-11-2005, 10:51 AM   #4
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For grepping through gzipped files use the 'zgrep' command. It basically has the same syntax with grep.


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