Remove x number of lines from beginning of file

Shane Hathaway shane at
Thu Oct 25 16:50:05 MDT 2007

Jon Gale wrote:
> [root at linuxboy root]# time sed -i -e '1,4d' test.txt
> real    1m13.596s
> user    0m18.020s
> sys     0m52.930s
> test2.txt is only 100 lines.  test.txt is 10,000,000 lines.
> Is there a better way to do this that won't necessitate scanning the entire
> file just to remove the first x number of lines?

The majority of that time is spent in I/O, not computation.  The best
way to accomplish this would be to write the output to a different hard
drive with similar specs, enabling you to use the combined throughput of
both drives.


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