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

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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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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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Escaping of meta characters in basic/extended posix regex strings in grep

Is it possible to escape all meta characters of a string inside a variable before passing it to grep? I know similar question has been asked before on SE (here) and also a good explanation here, but I ...
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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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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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Bash regex matching not working in 4.1

Upgraded to Bash4 and found that it is not matching regexes: $ echo $BASH_VERSION 4.1.2(1)-release $ [[ "20110228" =~ "^[0-9]{8}$" ]] && echo matches But Bash 3.0 is: $ echo $BASH_VERSION ...
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POSIX behavior of sed's ^ and $ regex anchors with multiline pattern spaces

What is the POSIX behavior of the sed ^ and $ anchors when used at the beginning and end of a regex if the pattern space contains embedded newlines, like after you use the N command? Should they ...
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How can I find and replace only if a match forms a whole word?

My script is: n="y" while [ "{n}" = "y" ] if [ $n == "n" ]; then break; fi echo "n is $n" do read -p "Enter the word to find = " word read -p "Enter word to replace = " replace ...
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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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lftp exclude syntax confusion

I am confused with the syntax description given for lftp from their website: -x RX, --exclude=RX exclude matching files -X GP, --exclude-glob=GP exclude matching files How ...
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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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How can I exclude a string using a regular expression?

I have this file named test: http://edge.sharethis.com http://edge.sharethis.com https://timetosa.com http://timetosa.com https://webtest.es holahttp.com timetosa I want a expression that excludes ...
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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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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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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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How to grep the n-th substring between given delimiters?

Let's say we have a string and its delimiter is ?: Leslie Cheung April 1 ? Elvis August 16 ? Leonard Nimoy February 27 I know how to grep the first substring between delimiters: echo $above_string ...
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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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Regex that would grep numbers after specific string

So I have a line: ID: 54376 Can you help me make a regex that would only return numbers without "ID:"? NOTE: This string is in a file.
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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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Can tr work with regex?

I have a file like this: AAAA BBBB CCCC DDDD etc Words in separate lines. I want to add them quotes using tr. So I tried the following: 1) To add a quote in the start of each word ...
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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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Remove backslashes from a text file

I have Input: NISHA =\455 Output: NISHA = 455 I want to remove \ from output. I tried to use command sed "s/[\]//g" P but it is not working and it flags an error: character found ...
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Escaping * with Regular Expressions and Grep

I have a file that has unique lines that start with 2 stars (**). However when I run a grep command for grep \*\* fileName I get all of the lines in the file. This is very unusual, and what I ...
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Extract substring using regular expression on a Unix file

I have file with below contents . /ABC/RTE/AD_900_VOP_123/OPP /ABC/RTE/TRE/AD_900_VOP_145/BBB /ABC/RTE/AN_900_VFP_124/FBF /ABC/RTE/HD_900_FOP_153/WEW /ABD/RDV/AD_900_VOP_123/OPP ...
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Simple sed replacement of tabs mysteriously failing

This ought to be really simple, but for some reason it is not working: sed -i.bak -E 's/\t/ /' file.txt Instead of replacing tab characters, it's replacing t characters. I've tried every ...
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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 ...
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changing pattern of a text file

A text file has contents something like chair table pen desk Now i want it to be changed and stored in a variable say var as below ('chair','chair'),('table','table'),('pen','pen'),('desk','desk') ...
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Awk: check for length of field

In awk. I am working on Solaris 10, so it's probably an old(er) version of awk. I came up with this rudimentary one-liner that works, at least for my particular input. awk -F\; '$3 ~ /[ ...
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Using regex inside if clause in bash

Look at this if block: #!/bin/bash str="m.m" if [[ "${str}" =~ "m\.m" ]]; then echo "matched" else echo "not matched" exit 1 fi exit 0 This should print "matched", but it doesn't. ...
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Applying a regex to stdin

In programing we often see the use of Regular Expressions. One of the most common forms is: newText = text.replace( /regex/, 'replacementString' ) If stdin is text and stdout is newText, what ...
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Why awk understand FS=“*” but not for FS=“-*-”?

I got a test file, its content is: a -*- b I used awk 'BEGIN {FS="*"} {print $2}' test, it prints out - b Correct! But when I use awk 'BEGIN {FS="-*-"} {print $2}' test, I got: * I know that ...
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Regex match in CLI

Is there something like a logical for the cli? I want to achieve this mv -t newfolder *.(png|jpg) so that alls jpg and png files are moved into newfolder. I know it could be done with mv -t ...
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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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Extracting text from a text file in bash

I have a large text file that is all one line. In the text are several sections that looks like foo=12345 and I need to extract them all as separate lines, ignoring the rest of the file. For ...
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Undo letterspacing with sed

I have a source text file containing text where some words are l e t t e r s p a c e d like the word "letterspaced" in this question (i.e., there is a space character between the letters of the word. ...
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pattern match and capturing in unix

I have a file like this: A1-1915435_1_MIMAT0000069_MirBase_miR-16_microRNA_1_22-A1-1915435_1_ENSG00000206737_ENST00000384010_U1_snRNA_73_115 ...
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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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sed - how to (not) match unmatched brackets

How can I do my operation only on lines that close their brackets? For example I want to change ".is" lines and add a bracket but not for lines with unclosed brackets. so these are changed ...
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Replace all occurences of \ except \N

I have a file like this: 1,2,subjects,\mat\hs,unix\,\Nato,\N,123,\N I want to replace all occurences of \ with #, except for \N, such that the output looks like this: ...
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Do procmail recipes have an alternator “or” operator?

Given the following procmail recipe: :0: * ^Subject:.*viagra.* * ^From:.*viagra.* /dev/null Procmail would only delete emails that were both from viagra, and had viagra in the subject. Is it ...