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I know how to use grep to output a line that matches a string. But what if I also want to output one line above every line containing a matching string, how do I do that?

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do the following

grep -B 1 text_to_search_for file.txt
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That should be a -B right? – tony_sid Aug 8 '10 at 0:06
    
Sorry, yes. -B for Before. -C is for before and after. Corrected answer, I had misread the question – bryan Aug 8 '10 at 0:18

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