insert file?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Wed Nov 28 23:47:24 UTC 2007

Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
> Jacques B. wrote:
>> No, that is the correct syntax.  No -n when telling tail to start at
>> the "N"th line.
>> tail -n 5
>> will give you the last five lines
>> tail +5
>> will start at the fifth line (according to man pages, so doesn't skip
>> 5 lines - I tested it earlier but didn't pay close enough attention -
>> not in Linux now so can't test right now) and give you the rest of the
>> file
>> Jacques B.
> Maybe it is just the version of tail in Fc6, but this is what I get:
> $ tail +3 README
> tail: cannot open `+3' for reading: No such file or directory

Posix doesn't like +'s as option flags these days, and gnu utilities 
don't like updating their man pages.  Try
tail -n +3 README
(and info tail)

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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