How to display lines 2-4 after each grep result?
I'm parsing a mailbox file that stores e-mail server reports for unsuccessfully delivered e-mail. I wish to extract bad e-mail addresses, so that I remove them from the system. The log file looks like this:
...some content... The mail system <[email protected]>: host mx1.hotmail.com[22.214.171.124] said: 550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable (in reply to RCPT TO command) ...some content... The mail system <[email protected]>: host viking.optimumpro.net[126.96.36.199] said: 550 Unknown user (in reply to RCPT TO command) ...some content... The mail system <[email protected]>: host mta5.am0.yahoodns.net[188.8.131.52] said: 554 delivery error: dd This user doesn't have a yahoo.com account ([email protected])  - mta1172.mail.sk1.yahoo.com (in reply to end of DATA command) ...etc.
E-mail address comes 2 lines after a line with "The mail system". Using grep like this gives me the "The mail system" line and the next two lines:
grep -A 2 "The mail system" mbox_file
However, I don't know how to remove the "The mail system" line and the second empty line from this output. I guess I could write PHP/Perl/Python script to do it, but I wonder if this is possible with grep or some other standard tool. I tried to give negative offset to -B parameter:
grep -A 2 -B -2 "The mail system" mbox_file
But grep complains:
grep: -2: invalid context length argument
Is there a way to do this with grep?
-B accepts numeral as -A would, and it would display the previous lines before the match.
Yes, that is true, but *Milan* isn't interested in what precedes the match... The problem he encountered is that -A and -B only accept positive values... and that in any case, -A and -B can't be used relative to each other, as he has attempted to do.
Hum, just to make sure: those are dummy addresses that you did not (directly) extract from the file you were given, right ?
@Matthieu M. no, they are from real log file. I figured since they are invalid addresses anyway, what's the point of inventing dummy addresses that might be valid.