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Delete Line

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Orchestrator, System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 SP1 - Orchestrator

The Delete Line activity deletes lines from a text file. Use the Delete Line activity to delete outdated lines of text from a text file.

This activity replaces functionality in the Manage Text File legacy activity from Opalis 6.3.

Configuring the Delete Line Activity

Before you configure the Delete Line activity you need to determine the following:

  • The name of the file that you want to delete the line from.

  • The file encoding type that the file you want to delete the line from uses.

  • The line numbers of the lines that you want to delete.

Use the following information to configure the Delete Line activity.

Details Tab

Settings Configuration Instructions


Type the path and name of the file that you want to delete the text from, or click the ellipsis button (...) and browse for it.

File encoding

Click the ellipsis button (...) and select the format that the file is encoded in from the File encoding drop-down list. Verify that you select the correct encoding format. If the file uses a different encoding format, the activity fails.

Line numbers

Type the line numbers of the text that you want to delete from the file that you specified.

To specify a range of lines, use a hyphen: 1-3. This deletes lines 1 to 3.

To specify specific lines, use a comma: 5,7,9. This deletes lines 5, 7, and 9.

Combine the range and specific lines: 1-3,5,7,9. This deletes lines 1 to 3, and lines 5, 7, and 9.

To specify from a specific line to the last line of the file, type the line number, hyphen, and END: 4-END. This deletes lines 4 to the last line of the file.

To specify from a specific line to a line relative to the last line of the file, type the line number, hyphen, the less-than sign, and the line number relative to the end line: 4-END<3. If the file has 20 lines, this deletes lines 4 to 17 from the file. <3 represents the third line from the end.

To specify the last number of lines, type LASTLINES, colon, and the last number of lines that you want to delete: LASTLINES:10. This deletes the last 10 lines of the file.

Combine different types of operations: 1-5, 8, 10-END<20, LASTLINES:10. This deletes lines 1 to 5, line 8, line 10 to the 20th line from the end, and the last 10 lines. Do not overlap lines or line ranges when combining operations. For example, 5-END, LASTLINES:10 fails because the 5-END operation already deletes to the end, so the LASTLINES:10 operation cannot succeed because the lines are already deleted, and the activity fails.

Do not specify lines numbers that do not exist in the file, and do not specify a line number more than once, or the activity fails.

Published Data

The following table lists the published data items.


Item Description

File name

The file name of the text file from which the line is deleted.

File encoding

The file encoding format that you selected in the File encoding field.

Line number

The line number of each line that was deleted. A Published Data item is created for each line that was deleted.

Line numbers

The line number range that the user typed in the field.

Deleted text

The text that was deleted from the file.

Number of deletions

The number of deletions that occurred.

For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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