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Old 10-14-2007, 10:59 AM   #1
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how to print a specific line number with cat


with 'cat -n filename' i can see the contents of filename with the line numbers prefixed to it as follows:

1 Line One
2 Line Two

Is there way to tell cat to print just the line with number '2'? i saw the man pages and looked at some examples also but it doesn't seem to define it.

any ideas? thanks!!
Old 10-14-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
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This would work

cat /yourfile | sed '3!d'
Replace the 3 with thte line number you need


Or (more sensible)

sed '3!d' /yourfile

Last edited by The_JinJ; 10-14-2007 at 11:28 AM.
Old 10-14-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
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that does it! thanks!


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