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Bug 229151 - tail command doesn't support +n parameter.
Summary: tail command doesn't support +n parameter.
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 173431
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: coreutils
Version: 6
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2007-02-18 19:38 UTC by Serge Dubrouski
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-02-19 09:36:50 UTC

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Description Serge Dubrouski 2007-02-18 19:38:57 UTC
tail utility doesn't support +n parameters. For example:

on Fedora 5 and 6:

$ cat /etc/group | tail +3
tail: cannot open `+3' for reading: No such file or directory

On CentOS 4.3, Solaris, etc...

[sdubrov@home ~]$ tail /etc/group | tail +3

This is a quote from man page:

If the first character of N (the number of bytes or lines) is  a  ‘+’,
print  beginning with the Nth item from the start of each file, other-
wise, print the last N items in the file.  N  may  have  a  multiplier
suffix: b 512, k 1024, m 1024*1024.

Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2007-02-19 09:36:50 UTC
That 'N' comes from this:

  -n, --lines=N

so you need:  tail -n +5
or: tail --lines=+5

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 173431 ***

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