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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Klemme [mailto:shortcutter / googlemail.com] 
> Sent: Friday, September 07, 2007 8:31 AM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: Re: read a specific line from a file
> 
> 2007/9/7, William James <w_a_x_man / yahoo.com>:
> > On Sep 7, 4:50 am, "Robert Klemme" 
> <shortcut... / googlemail.com> wrote:
> > > 2007/9/7, Bulhac Mihai <mihai.bul... / yahoo.com>:
> > >
> > > > how can i read only a line from a txt file?
> > > > for example i want to read only line 3
> > >
> > > sed -ne '3 p' your_file
> > >
> > > robert
> >
> > awk "3==NR" your_file
> 
> When I think about it, this is probably more efficient for large files
> and low line numbers:
> 
> head -3 your_file | tail -1
> 
> :-)
> 
> robert

Alternatively to save processing after the match:

awk "NR == 3 {print; exit}" your_file

Felix
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