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Old 02-12-2008
Selecting a line value


I just wanted to know if there is a way in UNIX to select a line value from a list of words. there is no line number before each word, hence could not use grep.
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Old 02-12-2008
Quite hard to comprehend.

Could you please furnish sample input and desired output ?
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Old 02-12-2008
Assuming that you want to get the value of the list in a filie.
The below code gets the value of the first line in a file
set -- `head -1 $FILE | cat` && VAR=$1
To get the value of the 5th line in afile
set -- `head -5 $FILE | tail -1 | cat` && VAR=$1
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Old 02-12-2008
@ bobbygsk

many thanks for the insight, it really did help
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Old 02-12-2008
Perhaps it's more efficient to use sed. To print line 25:

sed '25q;d' file

Or with awk:

awk 'NR==25{print;exit}' file

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