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You don't say what to do if the match is found in the first five lines of the file. I'm going to assume that this can't happen. I'm also going to assume that you don't want to read the whole file into memory at once.

I'd build a buffer that always contains the previous five lines and work with that. Something like this:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my @buffer; push @buffer, scalar <DATA> for 1 .. 5; my $pat = 8; # adjust to value to search for while (<DATA>) { print $buffer[0] if /$pat/; push @buffer, $_; shift @buffer; } __END__ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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In reply to Re: print line 5 lines previous to comaprison line! by davorg
in thread print line 5 lines previous to comaprison line! by pat

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