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grep between two pattern

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Hello,

I'm looking for a solution to grep strings between two patterns, example:
Following file is to grep:

line_start
something1
something2
something3
line_stop
line_start
something4
something5
something6
line_stop
line_start
....

What I want is to grep all lines between line_start and line_stop.

Any ideas ?
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Question by:michael_ch
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perl -ne 'print if /line_start/../line_stop/' file
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... or with sed
sed -n '/line_start/,/line_stop/p' example.txt
wmp
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by:woolmilkporc
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And if you don't want to have line_start and line_stop in the output, we could use awk -
awk '{if ($0~"line_start") {getline; while ($0!~"line_stop") {print;getline}}}' example.txt
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you can use egrep provided to just throw away the lines you don't want.

egrep -i "line_start|line_stop"

the command above will return anything that is not "line_stop" or "line_start"
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