Quick Tip. Getting an specific line in Get-Content

Hi guys, this is a quick tip and useful.

Lets say that you have a file with 10 lines and you want to  get only the last line :

(Get-Content c:\Test\lines.txt )[-1] 

Or if you want the last 3 lines :

(Get-Content c:\Test\lines.txt )[-1..-3]

If you want the first 2 lines :

(Get-Content c:\Test\lines.txt )[0..1]

Or you can use the totalcount parameter :

Get-Content c:\Test\lines.txt -totalcount 2

Or a specific line, lets say line 4 :

(Get-Content c:\Test\lines.txt )[3]

These examples ,excluding the totalcount parameter, are using an array to address the line, and in PowerShell the array is zero based, so to get the line 4 needs to refer to 3 ,or to get the first 2 lines needs to use 0 to 1 Alegre


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Laerte Junior Laerte Junior is a SQL Server specialist and an active member of WW SQL Server and the Windows PowerShell community. He also is a huge Star Wars fan (yes, he has the Darth Vader´s Helmet with the voice changer). He has a passion for DC comics and living the simple life. "May The Force be with all of us"
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