Bash – a unix command for deleting the first N characters of a line

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For example, I might want to:

tail -f logfile | grep org.springframework | <command to remove first N characters>

I was thinking that tr might have the ability to do this but I'm not sure.

Best Solution

Use cut. Eg. to strip the first 4 characters of each line (i.e. start on the 5th char):

tail -f logfile | grep org.springframework | cut -c 5-