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

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Pulling out keywords using standard command line utilities?

As an example, this is the pronunciation of "when" according to Wiktionary. enPR, IPA and X-SAMPA are different schemes for showing pronunciations. when:* {{a|US}} {{enPR|wĕn|hwĕn}}, ...
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Find word in sentence with Bourne Shell (sh)

I'm trying to determine if a particular word appears in a sentence using Bourne Shell (sh). For example: #!/bin/bash INPUT='Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.' if [[ "$INPUT" == *dolor* ]] then echo ...
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Why don't I need to escape a character class in sed but I need to escape the rest?

I am confused with sed. I had a file with the following contents: [ 2014/02/10 14:45:15 | INFO ] Saving data for customer: 273667 [ 2014/02/10 14:45:15 | INFO ] Saving data for customer: ...
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Understanding -regex with GNU find

Background I have what I think should be a simple case. I want to find all files with "cisco" in the name and do something with those files (via xargs). Finding files with ls Before I use xargs, ...
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awk, sed, grep, perl… which to print out in this case?

I have this syntax in a file (http response times from analog): <thead><tr><th class="x">seconds</th><th class="R">reqs</th><th ...
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Detect pattern repetition in a file

I want to make sure a file follows the following pattern: ... ... ... foo ... foo_KO ... ... ... bar ... ... ... ... bar_KO ... The file is extremely long, so, in other words, I want to make sure ...
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changing pattern by removing spaces?

file : hi hello,new york, , ,brazil site ,brazil january,month is feb , , ,indiana jones task: delete all horizontal space (spaces and tab) between any two comas (like , ,) if ...
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extract last match from logfile till end

Using sed, grep, awk, or ruby, what's a simple way to find the last match of a string in a larger log file, and send every line following it (inclusive) to another file? Example: grep -A222 ...
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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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Replace using VIM, reuse part of the search pattern

I am working with VIm and trying to set up a search and replace command to do some replacements where I can re-use the regular expression that is part of my search string. A simple example would be a ...
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Sed: replacing digits

I am trying to write some install scripts for when I install/upgrade Ubuntu. I'm having trouble with fixing logrotate.d: /var/log/ufw.log { rotate 7 weekly missingok notifempty compress delaycompress ...
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sed one-liner to delete word-medial spaces

I have a text file that consists of some N ORMAL E NGLISH W ORDS in all-caps. Unfortunately, these words all have a space between the first and following letters, which is not acceptable. I tried ...
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splitting textfiles according to a regular expression

By pasting into a text editor, I have a textfile gleaned from an online edition of Wilhelm's Yi Jing translation which I now want to split into 64 unequal parts, according to the 64 hexagrams of the ...
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Filtering paths to a specific depth

I'm using rsync and the flags -nPaAXz ~/ to check which files are going to be copied. This is far too verbose to make any sense of. How could I filter the output so I view the list of files/folders ...
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How to print strings matching a pattern with grep?

I want to get a list of strings matching the following pattern: CLASS_NAME:"*" where * represents any number of characters. I tried: grep -o CLASS_NAME:\".*\" script.js and grep -o ...
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Counting consecutive repetitions of a specific character (e.g. ,)

Say I have a file with lines like the two following: foo,bar,,baz,xy foo,,bar,baz,xy,, I would like to count how many times I have ,, (two consecutive commas surrounded by any other character) in ...
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Trouble getting regex to work with find

I'm having a lot of trouble getting find to work with regex flags. Im using egrep on its own to find a date pattern in a file, like this: egrep '[0-9]{4}-[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{2}' which will return dates ...
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regular expressions with grep

I have this command right here: grep -B10 -A10 '14:14:50 {"channels":["/alerts/6979/new"],"data":"New alerts for unit 6979"}' mygateway.log Rather than searching for 14:14:50 I would like the 50 to ...
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grep all words with specified length, without letter x

So I am stuck here: grep -E '^....c...c...$' shows all words with the expr I need. Now from this words I only need the ones that don't have a x. Who can help me?
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remove white space before delimiter with sed

I have data of the following format that I want to input into LibreOffice calc data | num | num | num | num For some reason Libreoffice does not think the string "3214 " is a number by ...
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AWK match string, not Regex

How do I match a string with AWK? Say I have the string [(*.+ it should only match strings containing the string [(*.+. The string is entered by the user, so if you know a cli utility that can ...
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Delete repeated words between brackets inline

Our input looks something like 2012-04-17 [GBPGBP] 2012-04-13 [GBP GBP] 2012-04-13 [GBP] 2012-04-11 [GBPGBP] 2012-04-11 [GBP GBP] 2012-04-10 [GBPGBP] 2012-04-06 [GBP GBP GBP] 2012-04-17 ...
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Find all lines in a file with a certain character at a certain position

I have a lab question asking me to use grep with a regex pattern to match every word where the third letter from the beginning of the line is an "a" and save it with a redirect. How can I do that?
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expr help - managing strings

I need to take text like this: A234321=http://www.google..... a normal URL And pull out only the URL, getting rid of the first part. I think I can use expr to do it, but I can't figure out the ...
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Regex : match 2nd and 3rd character

I was doing some exercises on regular expressions, but I can't seem to be able to crack this one : egrep in a file where the 2nd and 3rd character are the same. I tried : egrep '^..{2}' ...
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Awk regular expression syntax with number of repetition - different handling between gawk 3 and gawk 4

I am having trouble understanding or explaining why the following expression fails in gawk 3.1.x and yet works in gawk 4.1.x: (Minimum working example) echo ";#ADCDE#" | awk '/#.{5}#$/' -> produces ...
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Search for “not newline” in vim?

To search for A T\n in vim I can just do /A T\n What would be the equivalent for not newline at the end? /A T[^\n] did not work.
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Print some fields of /etc/passwd

I have a question concerning the usage of wild cards in Linux. Here I have some lines from a long list of lines in the /etc/passwd -file. root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash ...
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mv files to a different path which is constructed via a regex replacement

I have a directory full of files stored in subdirectories according to their filename, i.e.: 20d1/d325/52d1/20d1d32552d1a95249e62662fbdf924dd72c4027.jpg ...
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Forcing Bash to use Perl RegEx Engine

As you may already know, a lot of the features modern RegEx engines support (back referencing, lookaround assertions, etc.) are not supported by Bash RegEx engine. Following is a simple Bash script I ...
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How can I find all files in a folder that contain a match of a regular expression in the file name?

I'd like to find all of the files in my home folder on Linux (Ubuntu, in this case) that contain a match a particular regular expression. Is there a simple Unix command that I can use in order to do ...
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prepend digit to filenames which begin with digits (with zmv, please)

I have a directory with files named like 19.png, 20.jpeg, and README00.txt I want to rename these to 119.png, 120.jpeg, and README00.txt. I would like to do this with zmv as it works well in so many ...
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How to join vCards lines

vCard uses a special way to split long lines: At 75 characters, insert a DOS newline and a space. Joining therefore means to replace all occurrences of the sequence "CR, LF, space" with an empty ...
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Sort by regular expressions

I've got a set of POSIX regular expressions* ^BEGIN:VCARD\r$ ^VERSION[^A-Z] ^FN[^A-Z] ^N[^A-Z] ^NICKNAME[^A-Z] ^EMAIL[^A-Z] ^X-\([A-Z-]*\) ^TEL[^A-Z] ^ADR[^A-Z] ^ORG[^A-Z] ^TITLE[^A-Z] ^BDAY[^A-Z] ...
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Emacs: query-replace, regular expression, reuse of search result

How do I combine something like query-replace with a regular expression search-and-replace that in part reuses the search result? In my case, how to transform The programmers are "sort of" ...
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How do I transfer multiple files with a common suffix and prefix using an offset?

I have thousands of files whose names are of the form: sequence_1_0001.hmf sequence_1_0002.hmf sequence_1_0003.hmf ... sequence_1_0001.jpg sequence_1_0002.jpg sequence_1_0003.jpg ... ...
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Does find support OR in its regexes?

For example, I want to find all files in a directory that end in 'm' or 'sh'. The following works correctly: find . -regex '.*.m' -o -regex '.*.sh' But this fails: find . -regex '.*.(m|sh)' What ...
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How to treat a file as a single line with grep to apply a regexp search pattern?

I want to match everything that is between some lines with regexp but not this that match the start and the end. This sound to me as positive lookbehind and positive lookahead start text bla ...
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Regex : how to verify that there are 13 greek letters with an odd number of consonants

Another regex that I can't seem to crack :( I tried with egrep '([qwrtzpsdfghjklxcvbnmy]{1})|([qwrtzpsdfghjklxcvbnmy]{3})|([qwrtzpsdfghjklxcvbnmy]{5})|([qwrtzpsdfghjklxcvbnmy]{7})' greek.txt ...
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Arithmetic operations in regex

I am using gedit regex plugin (Python style regex). I would like to do some arithmetic operation on a backreference to a group. For example: PART 1 DATA MODELS Chapter 2 Entity-Relationship Model ...
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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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using grep --perl-regexp

this is a sample output of ls $ ls -lAF -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 aaa -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 bbb -rw------- 1 martin martin 168 Jan 25 23:26 ccc I would ...
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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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How to reverse-match a string in the Vim programming language?

I want to find the last index of any character in the [abc] set in the abcabc string but the search should start from the end of the string: " Returns the 0th index but I want the 5th. let ...
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sed special character replace not working in shell script

I want to write a script 'test.sh' that will take a user's input and replace all special characters with a '\' + the character. My script: #!/bin/bash echo 'input='"$1" arg=`echo "$1" | sed ...
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How to do a regex search in a UTF-16LE file while in a UTF-8 locale?

EDIT: Due to a comment Warren Young made, it made me realize that I was not clear on one quite relevant point. My search string is already in UTF-16LE order (not in Unicode Codepoint order, which is ...
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Expand regex on multiple lines in Vim

I am working on removing comments from a C source file. Let's focus on multiline comments /* ... */ and ignore the inline ones (//) The following command seems to work with (solaris) sed: ...
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How to cut the output to only gather the filename and get-parameter?

I have multiple files with multiple links that are formatted like this: <a href="http://example.com/fnord.layername.html?parameter=FOO-_-BAR-_-FNORD" class="poit"> <img ... /> ...
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regexp in ksh for extensions tgz, tar.tgz

I'm trying to get a regexp (in ksh) to identify files with only the following extensions: tgz, tar.gz, TGZ and TAR.GZ. I tried several but can't get them to work. I'm using this regexp to select only ...
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parsing through log file and printing out regex backreferences

I want to parse my /var/log/maillog to print out the email addresses in "from=<>" and "to=<>" (mainly to do a quick check for false positives in the DNS RBLs that I've configured) A maillog ...