Required 3 lines above the file and below file when string matches

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Old 08-11-2015
Required 3 lines above the file and below file when string matches

i had requirement like i need to get "error" line of above 3 and below 3 from a file .I tried with the below script.But it's not working.

y='grep -n -i error /home/file.txt|cut -c1'
echo $y
head -$y /home/file.txt| tail -3 >tmp.txt
tail -$y /home/file.txt head -3 >>tmp.txt

# 2  
Old 08-11-2015
Check out the -B and -A options of grep.
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Old 08-11-2015
grep -A3 -B3 -i error /home/file.txt

doesn't work on your system, mayhap
tail -n +$(($(grep -ni error /home/file.txt | cut -d: -f1)-3)) /home/file.txt | head -7

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Old 08-11-2015
If your grep doesn't support the -A and the -B options you can try:
awk 'NR==FNR{if($0 ~ /error/){n=NR}next}FNR > n-4 && FNR < n+4' /home/file.txt /home/file.txt

Last edited by Franklin52; 08-11-2015 at 09:04 AM..
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Old 08-11-2015
Thanks to all for your suggestions and Franklin52 code worked for me...
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