Regular expressions are a means of matching a pattern of characters within a string.

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remove duplicate files

On my Mac OS X 10.6.7, iTunes duplicated every single file in my music library. Now I have 3,840 files instead of 1,920. The problem is that iTunes didn't simply duplicate the whole folder, but each ...
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How can I match the page break character in a regular expression?

Nano calls it ^L, but of course, typing something like $ grep -v "^\^L" file doesn't work. Its unicode codepoint is 000C. How can I match it in a regular expression?
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Match regex in ksh

I am looking to do something like this in KSH: if (( $var = (foo|bar)[0-9]*$ )); then print "variable matched regex" fi Is it possible at all? For the record I'm using Ksh Version M-11/16/88i ...
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sed one-liner to delete everything between a pair of brackets?

I am working with some text that is full of stuff between brackets [] that I don't want. Since I can delete the brackets myself, I don't need the one-liner to do that for me, but I do need a one-liner ...
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Use sed to delete all but a certain pattern

How do I get just the link part in the http-source of a link? I have <a href="http://unix.stackexchange.com/users/20661/">Unix &amp; Linux and would like to get just ...
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how to use regex in alias?

I want to create the alias for the command "ssh user@10.32.44.225" as 10.32.44.225 alias [0-9][0-9][0-9].[0-9][0-9][0-9].[0-9][0-9][0-9].[0-9][0-9][0-9]="ssh user@$0" I have created it, but it is ...
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Why does grep treat '[D]ebug' string differently?

I've created simple text file named "T" to test the unusual behavior of grep: 1 Debug 2 debug 3 determined 4 Determined Tried different syntax: $ grep De T 1 Debug ...
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Why sed prints first string from file even if it's failed to find matching groups

I'm trying to write sed expression which will extract matching groups from file. E.g. I have .cue sheet and I want to extract it's genre tag. It has following format: $ cat file.cue | grep GENRE REM ...
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Remove string from a particular field using awk/sed

I have a file (>80,000 lines) that looks likes this: chr1 GTF2GFF chromosome 1 249213345 . . . ID=chr1;Name=chr1 chr1 GTF2GFF gene 11874 14408 . + . ...
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with sed, how can I replace word within a matching line?

I am trying to write a sed expression to detect lines similer to this: s0:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -8 -s 115200 ttyS0 linux and replace the "ttys0" with "something_else" I do not want to detect ...
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Sort input file by the results of a regex

I'd like to sort a file based on the results of a regex expression. For example, if I have the following property declarations in Obj-C @property (nonatomic, strong) id <AlbumArtDelegate, ...
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match files based on an md5 using find

I have a bunch js and css files in a directory. Some of them have been given a name based on an md5() of their content (looks like f10521a21bb013cb81e0909809818ad6.js). I'd like to match these files ...
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VIM substitute occurrences of pattern after a particular word in a line

I have such lines in my text. text before pattern = garbage** text after pattern is pattern If in VIM I do %s/pattern/saturn/ it replaces all occurrences of pattern. But I only want to replace ...
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escaping a single dot with double backslash - awk

"effective awk programming" book has an example on Field-Splitting. here is the example: If you want fields to be separated by a literal period followed by any single character, use ‘FS = ...
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Replace a substring of filenames in a directory

There exists a directory, which includes several levels of sub-directories. Under these directories, there are a set of files whose names include a common word, e.g, .cc. How can I replace the .cc ...
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substrings and regexps

I have a string contained in a variable, and I want to extract substrings based on position relative to another substring. My solution seems to work unless the string is sent to a function as an arg. ...
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Trouble with grep -o regex

I'm trying to use a grep command with the --only-matching flag, but it's not behaving as I would expect it to. This command: echo "1/2/3/4/5" | grep -oE "^([^/]+/){0,2}" Gives this output: 1/2/ ...
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Insert Lines after Multi-Line Regex Match

I've got an XML file I need to append to after a specific set of tags. Basically the file structure looks like this: <key>servers</key> <dict> ... Server Details ... </dict> ...
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substituting third occurrence of a pattern using sed

Here is a sed command. I want to substitute third occurrence of 00 to 11 echo "0000000000000000" | sed -e 's/00/11/3' The output is: 0000110000000000 But I thought output would be: ...
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Substituting the first occurrence of a pattern in a line, for all the lines in a file with sed

Is it possible to do it in one liner? I have an output like this: "First line" - Description " Second line" - Description "Third line" - Description " Fourth line" - Description This input ...
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How to find files with names having a long string after the first dot

My Samsung Galaxy S doesn't like files where the name contains a long string after the first dot. I guess some part of the software has a too short buffer for the file extension. How can I find all ...
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Print repeating pattern

I have a marathon file from which I want to print the names of the runners, who have made multiple runs. Something like: M, 2:08:58.0, John Lukas, USA, 1997-07-25, Paris, France F, 2:15:04:0, Abebbe ...
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regexp which matches all tokens independent of order

I have a quick (and hopefully simple) question about regexps. I'm trying to think of a regexp which matches all of a set of tokens irrespective of order. So for example I have a file with the names ...
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syntax of ls --hide= and ls --ignore=

ls --hide and ls --ignore provides the possibility leave out files defined through regular expressions set after the --ignore= part. The latter makes sure that this option isn't turned off via -a, -A. ...
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greedy and lazy regular expressions (comprehension question)

I am teaching myself regular expressions, and I got stuck at »greedy« vs. »lazy« repeatings. What I found out so far is that »greedy« means that the RegExp ...
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find command with regex {1,2}

I have been trying to create a find command string that will find all files that end with a number 1-99 but exclude all others. e.g. I want to find myfile1 myfile99 but not myfile456 and not ...
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Find files in multiple folder names

I am trying to list all the files from dir1, dir2, dir3 and dir4 which might be anywhere in as a sub directory of my cwd using the find command. I tried the following with no success: find . -type f ...
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Regex this question format into LaTeX

1. Lorem ipsun la la la? 1. Sopor 2. Stupor 3. Torpor 2. A patient has Lorem? 1. Sopor 2. Stupor 3. Somnolentia 4. La 5. Coma 3. Doesn't Response to strong external irritants is short. Tendon, ...
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Match word containing characters beyond a-zA-Z

To match a word one can use \v(\w+) From the vim help :h \w: \w word character: [0-9A-Za-z_] This works exactly as described in the manual. However, I want to match words that contain ...
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File manager which is able to filter using regular expressions

Is there any graphical file-manager which supports thumbnails for linux like thunar or nautilus, which allows me to filter a directory by a regular expression. For example typing /home/user/*tex ...
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Replace using vim - Replace a pattern […] by a string

I have a file containing lines in below e.g. format - [foo@host.com, bar@host.com], Payment processed - 23499, params = {'invoice':3243} I only want the account numbers i.e. 23499. It's a number. ...
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sed regex issue

I'm trying to replace a string in a file: $RELEASE = '1234'; The whitespace between RELEASE and the = symbol could be either spaces OR tabs. The quotes around the version number could be either ...
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rsync certain files, excluding the rest, ignoring .svn/ directory, recursively

I'm using rsync to copy some files from a share to another. Recursively, I need to: Delete files at destination that were removed from the origin Only sync php and js files Exclude every other file ...
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Using Regex in vim movment

Is there any way to use regular expression for movement in vim. For example, I want to move my cursor to the first occurrence of the pattern abc. So can I do something analogous to fa but now a ...
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Is there a tool in linux that allows multi-line regex expressions?

I'm wanting to find the results of a multi-line regular expression in linux. I tried grep, but like most linux utilities it's line based. Is there something similar that allows me to search across ...
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Are there zero-width assertions in sed?

Is it possible to make lookahead or lookbehind zero-width assertions in sed? I want to emulate Perl's (?=) and family. My sed is not GNU sed version 4.0.
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Parsing XML from a shell script

I have a datafile like this: <Key name="com.ahsay.afc.cpf.UserGroup" content="" allowMultiple="Y"> <Value name="rsv-id" inheritParentAttribute="Y" type="string" data="1328200856753" ...
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file(1) and magic(5) : prioritizing a result

My question follows that one: file(1) and magic(5) : describing other formats . I want to describe a FASTA sequence ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FASTA_format) It could be a DNA sequence (with only ...
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Decreasing a number with sed

I extracted the metadata of a PDF in a .txt file using pdftk, and now I am trying to decrease the BookmarkPageNumber value for each bookmark by an integer. The .txt has these lines: BookmarkBegin ...
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Multiline regex blank line delimiters,

I have a program which prints out data in blocks. Each block is delimited by blank lines. I would like to discard most blocks and only keep those blocks that contain something that matches a regex. ...
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Why can't find -regex match a newline?

Why does this fail? touch "$(printf "a\nb")"; find . -regex './.\n.' I also tried these, none of which work: find . -regextype posix-extended -regex '.\n.' find . -regextype posix-awk -regex ...
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Regex not matching

why this does not match..? sed -e '/--Updated?[[:space:]]+Date/d' inputfile this..: --Updated Date: 2013-11-06 15:32:13 d? is because sometimes I have Update Date, and sometimes Updated Date. ...
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How to insert the content of a file into another file (if regexp) in shell/perl

File1 Contents: line1-file1 "1" line2-file1 "2" line3-file1 "3" line4-file1 "4" File2 Contents: line1-file2 "25" line2-file2 "24" Pointer-file2 "23" ...
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How can I extract/parse a complete URL from a semi random string?

I'd like to have bash parse/extract a full URL (and only the url) from a random short string. Examples: bob, the address is http://www.google.com or https://foo.com/category/example.html is up ...
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grep: regex only for match anything between parenthesis

How do I match word only between parenthesis Input : this is (test.com) Desire Output : test.com
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History of Bash globbing

Is there a historical reason why Bash "globbing" and regular expressions are not identical? For example, I believe that in Bash [1-2]* matches anything that starts with a 1 or a 2 followed by anything ...
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Delete XML node containing certain element

I want to remove all Placemarks from a KML file that contain the element <tessellate>. The following block should be wholly removed: <Placemark> ...
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How to “grep” a string of a returned result

How to grep the number 50.0 from the string temp=50.0'C In JavaScript I can use the expression /temp=(.*?)'C/ to get it. But I cant get it running in grep.
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How to use restricted characters in egrep?

I'm trying to use a regex in egrep on Centos 5.10, based on the one I made from this question on SO. T12345 .{1,100}[\n\r].{1,100}2014.03.04 I can successfully match the regex to the content in my ...
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“grep: Unmatched [” error when using regex

I'm trying to find a pattern similar to this: tail -n 100000 gateway.log | grep -B10 -A10 'Nov 22 11:13:56 Received Packet from [10.50.98.68' Where "11:13:56" could be any time. This is what I ...