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Delete lines with a word and their above lines

Hi, i have a file like this:



***no hit***


***no hit***


I want to remove the lines "***no hit*** and their above line to get an output file like this:





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awk 'NF{v=$0;getline;if($0!="***no hit***") print v RS $0 RS " "}' file

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awk 'NF{v=$0;getline;if($0!="***no hit***") print v RS $0 RS " "}' file

Hello Yoda,

Sorry to bother you, could you please explaoin this great command of awk.
I will be grateful to you.

R. Singh
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awk '
        # If NF ( Number of Fields ) not equal to zero
        NF {
                # Set variable v = $0 ( current record )
                v = $0
                # Explicitly read next input record
                # If $0 ( current record ) != "***no hit***"
                if ( $0 != "***no hit***" )
                        # Print variable v value RS ( Record Separator - newline by default ) $0 RS blank space " "
                        print v RS $0 RS " "
' file

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Thanks a lot Yoda, I have no hesitation to say you are one of the champs for awk. It's really pleasure to read/follow your posts. Smilie

R. Singh
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I just tried your awk script but i get an error @ line 3 i.e v=$0. As i'm pretty new to awk i could not make out what could be the problem. And also one more doubt what i have is:

Ravinder wanted to delete the line before the ***no hit*** also but with the logic what i understood the below script will print the line A3 and then check for ***no hit*** condition rite..?

bash-3.00# awk '
> NF
> {
> v=$0
> getline
> if ($0!="***no hit***")
> print v RS $0 RS " "
> '
awk: syntax error near line 3
awk: bailing out near line 3
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Use nawk instead in Solaris or SunOS

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