Nelson P Nelson P - 1 month ago 8
Bash Question

How to get the last line of a file using cat command

I am writing a shell script in OSX(unix) environment. I have a file called

test.properties
with the following content:

cat test.properties
gets the following output:

//This file is intended for
//blah blah purposes
123


Using
cat
command, how can I get only the last line of the file ?

Answer

Don't use cat. tail was meant for this usecase exactly:

$ tail -1 ./test.properties