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I have a complicated data set (see the image below), and I need to read the magnitude of Etot from this data set. Any idea how can I do that?

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Import the data into Mathematica as text, line-by-line:

raw = Import["https://pastebin.com/raw/nhnDApae", {"Text", "Lines"}];

Select the lines that contain Etot:

sl = Select[raw, StringContainsQ[#, "Etot"] &];

Finally, use StringCases[] with NumberString to extract the numerical data, and convert them with ToExpression[]:

etotList = ToExpression[First[StringCases[#, NumberString]], InputForm] & /@ sl
   {-76137.07, -76237.9692, -76166.3972, -76178.2419, -75963.3368}

If you are okay with undocumented functions:

etotList = Internal`StringToDouble[First[StringCases[#, NumberString]]] & /@ sl
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    – Theo Tiger
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 19:58
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data = Import["https://pastebin.com/raw/nhnDApae", {"Text", "Lines"}];

Join @@ StringCases[data, "Etot   =" ~~ a__ ~~ "EKtot"  :> ToExpression@ a]

{-76137.07, -76237.9692, -76166.3972, -76178.2419, -75963.3368}

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