On Sun, 21 Dec 2008 14:27:44 -0800, Gary Kline <kl...@thought.org> wrote:
>         perl -pi.bak -e 's/OLDSTRING/NEWSTRING/g' file1 file2 fileN
>         that i swiped somewhere.  [?]
>         last night i was up until the wee hours coding or extending
>         a c++ program to assist in this stuff.  while i really get
>         off on hacking code, it's less of a thrill at 02:10, say:_)

You don't need C++ for this.  If you don't mind the verbosity, Python
can do the same thing with:

  #!/usr/bin/env python

  import sys

  skiplines = [1, 3]              # line numbers that should be skipped
  lc = 0
  for l in sys.stdin.readlines():
      lc += 1
      if not (lc in skiplines):
          print l,

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