Line Editors in Linux, Tips and Tricks

I will log various ways through which tools like sed, cut and tr can be used.

sed 😥

  • Print specific lines from a file using line numbers.

    # print lines 12 to 22
    sed -n '12,22p' file.txt
  • Omit first line of output.

    sed -n '1!p'
  • Omit last line of file.

    sed '$d' file.txt
  • Print everything after a pattern (inclusive).

    sed -n '/pattern/,$ p' file.txt
  • Print everything before a pattern (inclusive).

    sed -n '1,/pattern/ p' file.txt
  • Print everything between two patterns

    sed -nE '/^foo/,/^bar/p' file.txt
  • Avoid printing the searched pattern

    sed -n 's/^my_string//p'
  • Insert contents of file after a certain line

    sed '5 r newfile.txt' file.txt
  • Change line containing regex/pattern match

    sed '/MATCH THIS/c\REPLACE WITH THIS' file.txt

tr ➡️

  • Translate (or convert) all () to [] in a text file.

    tr '()' '[]'
  • Translate all occurrences of multiple spaces with a single space.

    tr -s ' '
  • Remove unwanted characters from string.

    # will delete % and ;
    echo "1;00%" | tr -d "%;"

cut ✂️

  • Print every 4th word (or field) from a space separated STDIN.

    cut -d' ' -f4

    I don't know about you but this is pretty cool.


  • Don't print first line of file

    awk NR\>1 file.txt

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