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I have a text file and I would like to extract the two lines of data following a line containing only "Name" as a value.

Name

032

Express intent to engage in diplomatic cooperation (such as policy

support)

Description

Name

033

Express intent to provide material aid, not specified below

Description

So, the output from above would be a file that has:

032 Express intent to engage in diplomatic cooperation (such as policy support)

033 Express intent to provide material aid, not specified below

  • @don_crissti hopefully that does the trick – nacc Apr 7 '16 at 19:28
  • Your sample input appears to be double-spaced, is that accurate? – Barmar Apr 7 '16 at 19:29
  • Anyway, look at the -A option to grep. – Barmar Apr 7 '16 at 19:29
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    Use the { } code markup for sample input/output, not quotation. – Barmar Apr 7 '16 at 19:30
  • @don_crissti I've imagined the scenario thusly and concluded it makes sense to me – nacc Apr 7 '16 at 19:31
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awk '/Name/ { readline; num=$0; readline; print num, $0; }' < inputfile

readline reads the next line of the input into $0. So when Name is matched, it reads the next line, puts it into the num variable, then reads the second line, and then prints num and that line together on one line.

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