repeat content of text x time

I have a use-case where 1 have single file that contain 20K line. I need to have another file with 1 million line with just content of the first file repeated 50 time.

Solution: form stack overflow

$ perl -0777pe '$_=$_ x 50' input_file.txt > output_file.txt


  • 0777 : -0 sets sets the input record separator (perl special variable $/ which is a newline by default). Setting this to a value greater than 0400 will cause Perl to slurp the entire input file into memory.

  • pe : the -p means "print each input line after applying the script given by -e to it".

  • $=$ x 50 : $_ is the current input line. Since we're reading the entire file at once because of -0700, this means the entire file. The x 50 will result in 50 copies of the entire file being printed.