"Shell script to tail a file with unknown numbers"

Post #303038739 by apmcd47 on Thursday 12th of September 2019 12:31:56 PM

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Originally Posted by encrypt_decrypt
is there a way to add an option for dynamic input
let's say I want to check for today's date or let's say I need to check for a word or let's say I need to check the number of lines
The thing is ask is dynamic so any input can be taken and applied to the search

Thanks
Be more precise with your queries. Check for a word in what? If I give you a word what do you want to do with it? When you check for today's date, do you mean find the first line with that date and then list every line from there to the end? Are you trying to say that sometimes you want to list the last n lines of the file and sometimes you want to grep it for a particular word? Or are you saying you are asked for random things and want to be ready for every possibility, including those you haven't thought of yet?

Andrew
 

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TAIL(1) 						      General Commands Manual							   TAIL(1)

NAME
tail - deliver the last part of a file SYNOPSIS
tail [ +-number[lbc][rf] ] [ file ] tail [ -fr ] [ -n nlines ] [ -c ncharacters ] [ file ] DESCRIPTION
Tail copies the named file to the standard output beginning at a designated place. If no file is named, the standard input is copied. Copying begins at position +number measured from the beginning, or -number from the end of the input. Number is counted in lines, 1K blocks or characters, according to the appended flag or Default is -10l (ten ell). The further flag causes tail to print lines from the end of the file in reverse order; (follow) causes tail, after printing to the end, to keep watch and print further data as it appears. The second syntax is that promulgated by POSIX, where the numbers rather than the options are signed. EXAMPLES
tail file Print the last 10 lines of a file. tail +0f file Print a file, and continue to watch data accumulate as it grows. sed 10q file Print the first 10 lines of a file. SOURCE
/sys/src/cmd/tail.c BUGS
Tails relative to the end of the file are treasured up in a buffer, and thus are limited in length. According to custom, option +number counts lines from 1, and counts blocks and characters from 0. TAIL(1)

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