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I'm looking for a command to get text around a specific line of a file.

ex: file content:

a

b

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

j

a command like: ]$ commandname -text f -lines 3 giving the output

c

d

e

f

g

h

i

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Assuming you're running a *nix:

grep -C 3 f filename

If you want x lines before f and y lines after:

grep -A y -B x f filename
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Awesome!! Didn't know grep could do that. Thank you very much! –  sanjan May 27 '10 at 4:36

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