Here’s a nice command to get rid of line duplicates in a file. I’m sending the output to a temporary file then renaming it back to the original file.
The reason is, it’s probably not a good idea to overwrite a file that you are editing. It’s much safer to send the output to another file.
$ awk '!seen[$0]++' filename.txt > filename.temp $ mv filename.temp filename.txt
A much cleaner approach is to use this. It will edit the file in place.
awk -i inplace '!seen[$0]++' filename.txt