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

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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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Finding all kinds of extensions referenced in a html file

Here is my problem statement : There is a folder with many html and text files. I need to recursively go through each one of them and find all kinds of file extensions referenced in these html/text ...
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Why isn't sed using the extended regex mode by default?

I am using sed. I was using a regex that was correct as far as I could see but sed did not do anything. Turns out that I was using \s+ which sed can not understand (?) and when I switched to [ ]+ it ...
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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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SED change only start of line and preserve end of line

Basically I have a situation where I frequently need to modify my hosts file to access different servers at my workplace. In an attempt to automate the process. I've been trying to use sed to make the ...
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How to get the JSON STRING from the given string

I have a string given below. I just need to get the first accountHeader (bolded) JSON string, I tried everything.. It didn't work. Can you help me to get the data? <START ...
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All occurrences of a regex get removed without using the “global” modifier

I have the following text in the file sentence.txt Linux refers to the family of Unix-like computer operating systems that use the Linux kernel. Linux can be installed on a wide variety of ...
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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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Find duplicate file names with specific matching pattern

I have a folder with some files (snippet of the contents of the folder) PAT1.URGRSVP.50.WR786842JOB11632.WRS20140.FILE0005.DAT PAT1.URGRSVP.50.WR786842JOB11643.WRS20140.FILE0003.DAT ...
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How can I “grep” patterns across multiple lines?

It seems I am misusing grep/egrep. I was trying to search for strings in multiple line and could not find a match while I know that what I'm looking for should match. Originally I thought that my ...
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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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Regular expression in Bash to validate IP-address

In my Python script i have a regular expression for searching IP-addresses like 0.0.0.0-255.255.255.255 in a file, it looks like this: ...
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How do I join the next line when a line matches a regex for whole document in VI?

As title, for example, I have lines like abcdefg join! abcdef no join abcdefg join! If a line matches regex ^a.+g$ then I would like them to be joined, so it would be: abcdefgjoin! abcdef no join ...
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Replace a character except last x occurences

I have a file that has a bunch of hostnames correlated with IPs that looks like this: x-cluster-front-1 192.168.1.2 x-cluster-front-2 192.158.1.10 y-cluster-back-1 10.1.11.99 y-cluster-back-2 ...
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How does “$” work in “apt-cache search something$”

I understand that $ apt-cache search package_name will search for matches in names and descriptions. But how does this work? $ apt-cache search package_name$ For example, $ apt-cache search ...
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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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Using Modifiers of Perl-compatible Regex (PCRE) in grep

According to grep --help and man grep, we can use the -P option in order to interpret the pattern as a Perl regular expression (PCRE, to be precise), instead of the default POSIX basic regular ...
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How to get numbers by using regular expression, but only last one

In this example I can get 00. expr match "00 foo 99.jpg" '[^0-9]*\([0-9]\+\).*$' I want to know how to get last number from string, in this case 99 by using regular expression. The string may ...
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Expanding comma-separated list into separate lines

I have a file with some data in this form: Prefix text: First Name, Second Name, Third-- The prefix differs by line. The number of names varies from one to several. The suffix (-- in the example) ...
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Where can I find documentation on shell script syntax for using a regex within a variable construct?

I'm debugging a shell script (which I didn't write) that contains this loop: read line < "$pid_file" for p in $line ; do [ -z "${p//[0-9]/}" -a -d "/proc/$p" ] && pid="$pid $p" done ...
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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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Why is my grep + regex not working?

I recently decided that enough was enough -- I was going to learn to use grep fluently. It's been all of three hours and I'm already stumped by this toy problem. I'm currently syncing a RAID5 array, ...
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The ERE regex to split() string between a delimiter and end-of-word

I'm using a long gawk 3.1.6 script to do a complex conversion of Zim markdown text into GtkDialog code and am stuck on the following problem... Sample ASCII input... [[link|label label]] [[link]] ...
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extracting ip address from a file [closed]

I'm trying to extract all the IP address from a file. FILE *>i85.95.2.160/29 172.16.24.4 0 200 0 64515 4445 15412 i *>i85.112.80.0/28 172.16.24.4 0 200 ...
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Parsing csv with sed and perl one-liner?

I have a web server which stores configurations to PostgreSQL, and I plan to retrieve information from a certain table and then later parse it into csv format. PAYLOAD <?xml version="1.0" ...
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Using a variable in a regex

How can I use a variable string in a regular expressions while read line do if [[ line =~ *"$key"* ]]; then echo line fi done < "$filename" $key is a string ...
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Differing outputs of the commands “ls .*” and “ls *.”

The command ls .* when run gives as output the following : All the files in the current directory starting with a . (hidden files) All the files in the hidden directories present in the ...
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use search result in replace statement with vim substitute

I know this is gonna be a stupid question, but I've tried here, google and the official documentation. I've got a file with a whole heap of words of the form 'foo' and i want to change them to ...
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Ignore lines containing a capital letter

Why does the following command still return some lines containing a capital letter? aspell dump master | grep ozz | grep -v '[^A-Z]'
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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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rsyslog: make %syslogtag% equal length

I have rsyslog configured to log in the following format: $template long-iso,"%$NOW% %timereported:8:15% %syslogtag% %msg%\n" which produces logs like this one: 2013-12-14 15:59:39 ...
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Using BASH versus ASH on Synology

The majority of my photo files have the following naming convention / format IMG_20131204_120000.JPG, showing date and time the photo was taken (iPhone/Apple naming convention). However, not all my ...
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bash script, printing multiple lines that matching to a specific patern

I have a log file and I'm making a script to do some actions. An action is to print a specific area of the log. Every block at the log starts with a specific time stamp and inside the block may have ...
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Help understanding an egrep expression

I stumbled across the following egrep expression: egrep '^([^aieou]*[aieou]){5,7}[^aieou]*$' /usr/share/dict/words on this page: http://matt.might.net/articles/sculpting-text The expression is ...
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Rename file in Mac OS Terminal using Regex

Hundreds of images need to be renamed with a terminal command using regex on MacOS 10.9 Mavericks. The files are named this way: 0045AW489R3T(IPCAM)_0_20131124101245_931.jpg ...
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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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“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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Regex and patterns on a ksh command line

I'm wondering what's the difference between using * and .* in a regex string. I guess, * stands for "0 to n characters" but I don't see what .* stands for. For example, what is the difference ...
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Extracting just a single group from a regular expression

I am trying to get a list of numbers from some hacked-together log files using zgrep. So, I am using: zgrep -ie "total time: .* ms" * This returns the whole line that I care about. I'd just like ...
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Ensure /etc/export contains rule using bash

What's a working example of modifying /etc/export using bash? Example: I want to ensure the following rule is present and valid: /export/home 2400:123::/32(rw,no_root_squash) And it should: Add ...
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Why two almost idetical grep commands return different output: w/o and with filename

I have 2 almost identical greps: [Alex@localhost tmp]$ grep /bin/bash /etc/passwd root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash AlexL:x:500:500::/home/AlexL:/bin/bash user1:x:501:501:user1 ...
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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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What does this regex mean?

I was working on the conversion of Unix newline to Windows newline. I tried to unix2dos but it gave me some binary error, so I looked it up and stumbled upon this regex sed 's/$'"/`echo \\\r`/" ...
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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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sed how to do “or”

I have the following two lines that work ok: /\.to <\=/ s/<\=/be <\=/ /\.to_not <\=/ s/<\=/be <\=/ I would like to combine them and I tried: /\.to( |_not )<\=/ s/<\=/be ...
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a string representation using regex (modified)

I would like to use regular expression to represent a pattern with the following type of characteristics 1) It includes a continuous sequence of digit values. The length of this sequence it at least ...
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sed - how to exclude multiple patterns in the match

I have currently a set of seds that's working well except for one thing. The particular expression I'm having an issue with is: sed -i '/[^}.to]\.to[[:space:]]/ s/\(\S\)/expect(\1/' ...
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Why doesn't this regex work?

I want to look at the output of git status -s to determine whether there are any untracked files in the tree. I tried the following test, but the regex doesn't match. Why not? $ git status -s ## ...
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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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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 ...