Remove x number of lines from beginning of file

Alex Esplin alex.esplin at
Thu Oct 25 19:54:45 MDT 2007

On 10/25/07, Alex Esplin <alex.esplin at> wrote:
> vim test.txt
> xdd
> :wq

Just did some preliminary testing on this.  With a file of 2,347,884
lines, I dd'ed the first 299 lines and closed the file in:

time vim test.txt

real    0m15.793s
user    0m2.612s
sys     0m3.391s

If you wrote that into a vim script it would probably go faster.

with a file with 5,000,000 lines I had

time vim test.txt

real    0m46.837s
user    0m6.163s
sys     0m7.209s

I have homework to do or I would do more testing.

Alex Esplin

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