Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 229151
tail command doesn't support +n parameter.
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:57 EST
tail utility doesn't support +n parameters. For example:
on Fedora 5 and 6:
$ cat /etc/group | tail +3
tail: cannot open `+3' for reading: No such file or directory
On CentOS 4.3, Solaris, etc...
[sdubrov@home ~]$ tail /etc/group | tail +3
This is a quote from man page:
If the first character of N (the number of bytes or lines) is a ‘+’,
print beginning with the Nth item from the start of each file, other-
wise, print the last N items in the file. N may have a multiplier
suffix: b 512, k 1024, m 1024*1024.
That 'N' comes from this:
so you need: tail -n +5
or: tail --lines=+5
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 173431 ***