Is there a way to
tail a document and get the reverse output; because you don't know how many lines there are in a document?
I.e. I just want to get everything but the first 2 lines of
foo.txt to append to another document.
You can use this to strip the first two lines:
and this to strip the last two lines:
(assuming the file ends with
Just like standard use of
In the case
You can use
To remove the first n lines GNU sed can be used. For example if n = 2
that will show line 3,4,5,7. More power come from use of regular expressions instead of addresses.
The limitation is that the lines numbers must be known in advance.
If you want all but the first N-1 lines, call
There's no easy, portable way to skip the last N lines. GNU
Portably, you can use an awk filter (untested):
If you want to remove the last few lines from a large file, you can determine the byte offset of the piece to truncate then perform the truncation with
You can't truncate a file in place at the beginning, though if you need to remove the first few lines of a huge file, you can move the contents around.
Thus, the following should append all but the first 2 lines of