in reply to file handling
/usr/bin/sed -n '3,$ p' < your_input_file
/usr/bin/tail +3 your_input_file
perl -e '@a=<>; print @a[3..$#a]'
Whoops. Slurping a file into memory - which is what '@a=<>' will do - is a bad idea unless you know that it's a small file.
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