Pull random line from a file

Kevan Shea biffcool at zombieworld.com
Fri Sep 6 09:12:22 PDT 2002


On Fri, 6 Sep 2002 17:33:01 +0200, Conrad Newton <conrad.newton at broadpark.no> wrote:
> 
> If you find yourself doing a lot of scripting,
> you may prefer the $() notation to the backticks ``.
> The $() notation, e.g.

Thanks, I knew there was another notation for it, but I couldn't remember what it was. 

Hell with that I can do it in one line:
RNDLINE=$(sed -n $(expr $RANDOM % $(grep -c --regexp=.* $FILENAME))p $FILENAME)

Which is far better :)

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Kevan Shea
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