I have a collection of 5000+ files and I just want to create an output.txt file which contains the 27th line of all the files, along with their filenames. What I got from the internet is picking specific line from a single file using awk or sed commands, such as: $sed -n 27p *.txt >>output.txt

for example my files in a directory are:


I want the 27th line of each file with its file name in front or behind of the printed line in the new output.txt file.

  • oops.. so much editing. Thanx arzyfex – Ravi Saini Apr 18 '16 at 18:58
 awk 'FNR==27 {print FILENAME, $0}' *.txt >output.txt
  • FILENAME is built-in awk variable for current input file name
  • FNR refer to line number of current file
  • $0 means whole line
  • Thanx man this was much better for me. – Ravi Saini Apr 18 '16 at 19:02

Using a for loop:

{ for i in *.txt; do echo "$i : $(sed -n '27p' "$i")"; done ;} >output.txt

The for loop may be expensive as you have 5000+ files but given the current hardwares should not be a problem.

Faster way, quitting sed after line 27 (thanks @Fiximan):

{ for i in *.txt; do echo "$i : $(sed -n '27p;q' "$i")"; done ;} >output.txt
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    Would you need a '27p;q' to be faster or will sed quit automatically after hitting line 27? – Fiximan Apr 18 '16 at 12:33
  • @Fiximan yes that will be quicker – 123 Apr 18 '16 at 13:08
  • @Fiximan That surely would..edited..thanks.. – heemayl Apr 18 '16 at 13:11
  • @Fiximan - sed would quit so quick that it won't print anything... – don_crissti Jan 30 at 18:47

Another possibility is :

for i in * ; do echo -n $i" : "  ; head -n 27 "$i" | tail -n 1 ; done > output.txt

Simple awk usage:

awk 'FNR==27 {print FILENAME,$0}' /path/to/files/log_*.txt > outfile.txt

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