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You might need to use tail which displays the last lines of a file.


 


To view file endings with tail:



tail filename

At the shell prompt, type fail followed by the filename.


 


 


To view a specified number of lines:



tail -20 filename

Here, all you do is add a specific number of lines you want to view


 


 


To view the endings of multiple files:



tail filename* | more

Pipe the tail command and the files (multiple files indicated with *) to more


 


 


head and tail are great for splitting long files.  Use wc -l to count the lines.  If the file has 500 lines, but you care about only the beginning and ending lines, then type head -25 filename > new filename to put the first 25 lines of the file into a new file.  Then do the same with tail to put the last 25 lines of the file into another new file.


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