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Learning BASH: Text Processing - HEAD & TAIL

BASH continues to surprise me with it's amazing collection of simple, yet extremely useful commands. They can give you a huge boost in speed and control while working. No doubt bash along with editors like VIM are the developer's favorite combinations. Gradually , you will feel the invention of mouse as a waste since you can pretty much control everything with just your keyboard.

Today we continue with more commands that are related to Text Processing.

HEAD & TAIL command
These commands are used to get contents of a file starting from the top and bottom. Unlike the CAT command that displays the whole content of a file, these command gives you control over how much you want to see.

syntax: HEAD filename | TAIL filename
Note: By default, HEAD | TAIL shows 1st/last 10 lines of a file.

Lets say I have a text file like this.
$ cat numbers.txt 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Let's run head command without any arguments other than the filename.

$ head number…