Quick unix command to display specific lines in the middle of a file?


Trying to debug an issue with a server and my only log file is a 20GB log file (with no timestamps even! Why do people use System.out.println() as logging? In production?!)

Using grep, I've found an area of the file that I'd like to take a look at, line 347340107.

Other than doing something like

head -<$LINENUM + 10> filename | tail -20 

... which would require head to read through the first 347 million lines of the log file, is there a quick and easy command that would dump lines 347340100 - 347340200 (for example) to the console?

update I totally forgot that grep can print the context around a match ... this works well. Thanks!

4/27/2016 9:11:46 AM

Accepted Answer

with GNU-grep you could just say

grep --context=10 ...
10/10/2008 1:55:48 PM

I found two other solutions if you know the line number but nothing else (no grep possible):

Assuming you need lines 20 to 40,

sed -n '20,40p;41q' file_name


awk 'FNR>=20 && FNR<=40' file_name

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