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Re: what happens to the rest of a file piped to head/tail?

> Is it possible to cat a file, and remove the top 20 lines?
> For example, 
> cat /etc/file | head -20
> would give me the top 20 lines of a file, however, I am really interested
> in the rest of the file, however I am not certain just how many lines are
> in the total file, so | tail -? would just not suffice.

Charles E. Cheese:

tail +n will give you the end of a file, starting at line n. To use your
example above, to get "the rest of the file" you'd type:

tail +21 /etc/file

No "cat" necessary.


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