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 $ awk '/interface Ethernet3\/1/ {instanza=1} /!/ {instanza=0} instanza && /ip address/ {print}' file...

May 11, 2012, 12:25 p.m.Anon1UHy2ubE

Explanation

This can easily be done by setting a variable once the lead line of the stanza is found. Take the following file as input:

interface Ethernet3/1
 ip address 172.30.10.2 255.255.0.0
 ip router isis area1
 no ip route-cache
 isis metric 10
!
interface Ethernet3/2
 ip address 192.168.10.10 255.255.255.0
 ip router isis area1
 no ip route-cache
 isis metric 10

The first awk pattern-action pair in the one-liner /interface Ethernet3\/1/ {instanza=1} sets the instanza variable to 1 (true) when it encounters the "interface Ethernet 3/1" line. The second pattern-action /!/ {instanza=0} resets instanza back to 0 (false) once an exclamation point is encountered, ending the desired stanza. The third pattern-action instanza && /ip address/ {print} prints any line containing "ip address," but only if we are still in the desired stanza (instanza is true): in this case, ip address 172.30.10.2 255.255.0.0.

If you only wanted to see the first matching line of the first matching stanza, you could change the third action to be {print; exit} and awk would quit after printing the first match.