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Bash snippet to remove a line from a file

May 5, 2011 | Computers | By Shawn Parker

A while back I was working on a project that involved spooling up and shutting down a lot of Amazon EC2 instances while testing and I was constantly running in to an issue where my ~/.ssh/known_hosts file was out of sync with the server that I was connecting to.

Despite how simple it is, I could never remember the sed command to remove a line from a file. To help get around having to repeatedly manage my known_hosts file and/or look up the sed command I wrote a little function to remove lines from files using sed. Hopefully someone else out there finds this useful.

rmline() {
	if ! [  "$#" = "2" ]; then
		echo 'Invalid paramter count';
		echo 'Usage: rmline line-num filename'
	sed -i 0 "$1d" $2

So, stick that in your .profile and smoke it enjoy!

Tagged as: bash, function, line, number, remove, rmline, sed