Shell Script to cut n Lines Starting with Position m Without Using head or tail Commands

shell script is a computer program designed to be run by the Unix shell, a command-line interpreter. The various dialects of shell scripts are considered to be scripting languages. Typical operations performed by shell scripts include file manipulation, program execution, and printing text. A script that sets up the environment, runs the program, and does any necessary cleanup, logging, etc. is called a wrapper.

In this post, we will write a shell script to cut n lines starting with position m from a file without using head or tail commands.

line 1: filename
line 2: number of lines (n)
line 3: starting position (m)


The following is the shell script to cut n lines starting with position m without using head or tail commands:

echo enter fiename
read file
echo enter no of line
read n
echo enter starting position
read m
t=$(expr $n + $m)
exec < $file
while read line
if [ $e -ge $m -a $e -lt $t ]
echo $line
e=$(expr $e + 1) 


$ enter fiename
$ a
$ enter no of line
$ 3
$ enter starting position
$ 2
$ line 2
$ line 3
$ line 4

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