This command takes a string from a pipeline as input, and returns a table where each line of the input string is a row in the table. Empty lines are ignored. This command is capable of feeding other commands, such as
nth, with its output.
> [input-command] | lines
> printf "Hello\nWorld!\nLove, nushell." | lines ━━━┯━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━ # │ value ───┼──────────────── 0 │ Hello 1 │ World! 2 │ Love, nushell. ━━━┷━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━
One useful application is piping the contents of file into
lines. This example extracts a certain line from a given file.
> cat lines.md | lines | nth 6 ## Examples
Similarly to this example,
lines can be used to extract certain portions of or apply transformations to data returned by any program which returns a string.