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I've recently started learning sed. I did

$seq 10 | sed '/[^049]/d'

I was expecting


as output. But I got


Where am I making mistake in understanding this regex?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

The 1 in the number 10 matches [^049] so it's deleted.

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Whoops. That was foolish of me to ask here. :( Thanks by the way. –  Dharmit Apr 27 '11 at 2:09
Minor tip: Bracketing your regex with ^ and $ is useful to ensure that you're always looking at the whole string. –  l0b0 Apr 27 '11 at 9:48

If you really want to show lines containing '0', '4', or '9', here's how:

seq 10 | sed -n '/[049]/p'

The -n instructs sed to not print any lines. The p command instructs sed to print lines matching the /regex/

Alternatively, you can always use grep :-)

seq 10 | grep -E "[049]"
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Thanks. That was helpful. :) –  Dharmit Apr 28 '11 at 1:18

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