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Old 10-15-2001
Lightbulb grepping the first 3 characters from a file

give this a try and let me know if it works

grep '^[a-z][a-z][a-z]' filename

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Old 10-15-2001
it doesn't, return the whole line, guess the only way is grep then cut Smilie
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Old 10-15-2001
this does not give what you expect i think.

i tried it.. but got different things in different files.. and think.. it gives you lines which do not contain 'a' or 'z'.
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