Pull random line from a file

Kevan Shea biffcool at zombieworld.com
Fri Sep 6 15:08:35 PDT 2002


On Fri, 6 Sep 2002 15:05:17 -0600, Rob Park <rbpark at ualberta.ca> wrote:
> This is probably better:
> 
> RNDLINE=$(sed -n $(expr $RANDOM % $(wc -l $FILENAME))p $FILENAME)
> 

wc, that's what it was... Thanks.

This is my favorite list for scripting questions.  I've got an answer in sed, awk, and perl.  Anyone wanna write an INTERCAL answer?

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