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UGU: Unix Guru Universe - Unix Tip #4595- October 10, 2017 - Home : Help : Today's Tip
Unix Tip #4595- October 10, 2017

RANDOM LINES FROM A FILE


A easy way to retrieve random lines from a text file:

perl -e '$count = 10; @line = <>; for (1..$count) { print $line[int rand @line] }'

example:
% cat /etc/passwd | perl -e '$count = 10; @line = <>; for (1..$count) { print $line[int rand @line] }'

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