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Re: FW: +N option in tail command

From: Philip Rowlands
Subject: Re: FW: +N option in tail command
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:06:54 +0000 (GMT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (DEB 1167 2008-08-23)

On Wed, 11 Nov 2009, נחשון ישורון/Nachshon Yeshurun wrote:

Man pages for the tail command shows the ability to use the +N option.
Yet, attempting it on Ubuntu 9.10 results in an error.
Is this a bug?

Not a bug.

From man pages:

     -n, --lines=N
             output the last N lines, instead of the last 10; or  use  +N  to
             output lines starting with the Nth

Attempting the command:

address@hidden:~/temp$ tail +5 /etc/passwd
tail: cannot open `+5' for reading: No such file or directory

The manpage syntax should be read as
$ tail -n +5
$ tail --lines=+5

Regarding the bare "tail +5" and the issues surrounding this usage please see:


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