I'd like to retrive a list excluding the first 2 lines

$ pip list
Package                            Version  
---------------------------------- ---------
alabaster                          0.7.10   
anaconda-client                    1.6.9    
anaconda-navigator                 1.7.0    
anaconda-project                   0.8.2    
appnope                            0.1.0    
appscript                          1.0.1    
asn1crypto                         0.24.0   
astroid                            1.6.1    
astropy                            2.0.3    
attrs                              17.4.0   

How to cut off the first two line like:

pip list | cut line=2
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    awk 'NR>2' file... – jasonwryan May 3 '18 at 7:08

Simply with the sed command:

pip list | sed '1,2d'

Explanation: The sed command deletes (d) lines in the range 1 to 2 (and outputs everything else).

Or awk:

pip list | awk 'NR > 2'

Explanation: The awk program outputs everything on line 3 onwards.

awk would be particularly useful if you are planning to do further parsing of that output, such as extracting only the package names:

pip list | awk 'NR > 2 { print $1 }'

The cut command, that you mention in the question (disregarding that the semantics used is wrong), does not cut lines. Well, it does, but it cuts fields out of lines.

  • Actually, with GNU cut, one can do seq 20 | cut -d$'\n' -f3- – Stéphane Chazelas May 3 '18 at 7:47
  • @StéphaneChazelas That's treating the whole file as a \n-delimited set of fields on a single line, so in a sense it's still cutting fields out of a line, but yes. – Kusalananda May 3 '18 at 7:49
  • An advantage of using tail, beside the fact that it's going to be more efficient as it's the simple tool designed to that task is that with most implementations including non-GNU ones, it's going to work even on non-text input (like with very long lines, with NULs or sequences of bytes that don't form valid characters...), while several sed or awk implementations would choke on those. – Stéphane Chazelas May 3 '18 at 7:50
  • @StéphaneChazelas The only reason I did not mention tail was that it is already mentioned in another answer. – Kusalananda May 3 '18 at 8:06
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    Yes, I don't doubt that. Those comments were just additional notes, not a critique to your answer. – Stéphane Chazelas May 3 '18 at 8:15

Simply with tail command:

pip list | tail -n+3 -
  • from tail signature tail [OPTION]... [FILE]... - when FILE is -, read standard input
  • -n, --lines=[+]NUM - output the last NUM lines, instead of the last 10; or use -n +NUM to output starting with line NUM

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