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

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Bash script to copy specific directories with pattern matching

How can I copy directories from one location to another location that matches a pattern. For example: source = /media/src/ destination = /media/dest/ The pattern is as /b/w{2}_/w{2}/b. i.e all ...
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Sed: replace text keeping digit occurrence

I have some text like: Blablabla <b>[intlink id="</b>2204<b>" type="page"] Blalala I want replace it for remove the </b> and <b>, keeping the id="number". So it should ...
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Need to capture part of file name into variable

I have bunch of CSV files named like so in a directory: s_m_u_supplemental_fields_account_9_4_2015_11_26_Error.csv s_m_u_supplemental_fields_account_9_4_2015_12_3_Error.csv ...
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Remove last comma within a pattern

If I have the following text within a file (somefile.txt): CREATE TABLE "table_name" ( "id" int(11) unsigned NOT NULL, "some_field" varchar(10), ); CREATE TABLE "another_table" ( "id" int(...
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Remove word after match

Consider the following line of text (taken from a MySQL insert): "description" varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL DEFAULT '', I want to return "description" varchar(255) NOT NULL ...
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Meaning of this character class in perl?

I am new with PERL(though I have good background in reg-ex), I was going through one perl script and it has one characters class $alwayssep = "[\\?!()\";/\\|‘]"; Can anyone explain to me what is ...
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extract url between 2 strings in a file

I have a file in which each line is like this "372"^""^"2015-09-03 06:59:44.475"^"NEW"^"N/A"^""^0^"105592"^"https://example-url.com"^"example-domain < MEN'S ULTRA < UltraSeriesViewAll (18)"^"...
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How to change all strings in python file from snake_case to camelCase in sed

I've tried some sed patterns like this from commandlinefu sed -r "s/('[a-z]+)_([a-z])([a-z]+)/\1\U\2\L\3/" But somehow it's not working. For one thing they forgot the digits, which I can fix, but ...
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How to add a header and/or footer to a sed or awk stream?

I have a bunch of output going through sed and awk. How can I prefix the output with START and suffix the answer with END? For example, if I have All this code on all these lines and all these ...
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Match regular expression between delimiters

I have a file with several different lines. I'm looking for lines that contain(more or less) pattern like this: \[.*<.*>.*\] In other words, I want the lines that have <something> ...
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How to grep the following lines from a file?

I have a file which has the names of many files in a directory in the following format: A20150824.0950-0955_jambala_CcnActiveSessionCounterJob A20150824.0945-0950_jambala_CcnActiveSessionCounterJob ...
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sed: regular expression,how to substitute?

I have those line on a text file 36) SIGCANCEL 37) SIGLOST 38) SIGXRES 39) SIGJVM1 40) SIGJVM2 41) SIGRTMIN 42) SIGRTMIN+1 43) SIGRTMIN+2 44) SIGRTMIN+3 45) SIGRTMAX-3 46) SIGRTMAX-2 47) SIGRTMAX-1 ...
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Awk & regular expression to process pgn chess games file

Below an extract of the sample.pgn file [Event "rated blitz match"] [Site "Internet Chess Server"] [Date "2015.08.20"] [Round "?"] [White "Villain"] [Black "Hero"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1643"] [...
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How to combine POSIX character classes of a regex?

I need to combine different character classes in a regular expresion used by sed. I need to match [:word:] and the minus symbol -. How does that look like? All my attempts failed at trying or ...
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what is the correct regexp for mysql filter in fail2ban?

I use the default filter file /etc/fail2ban/filter.d/mysqld-auth.conf for fail2ban service. But there are some errors in file /var/log/fail2ban.log as: Found a match for '150815 10:42:54 [Warning] ...
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How to use sed to replace keys in a file using a regex?

I would like to modify a file to replace keys, suppose these keys are in the file as: 42NM 52NM 23NO XNNM I would like to replace anything with NM, with the word "Okay". 1 #!bin/bash/ 2 3 if [ ...
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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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AWK, SED or GREP for extracting data from HTML file

Can anyone tell me which is best to use to extract the following data from a html file which was received with curl . <script>document.getElementById("test-summary").innerHTML = "<strong>...
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Censor text with regex

I'm currently running this command to censor an indented to-do list. sed -e 's/\(\s\+- \)\(.*\)/\1XXX/g' It's great except that I'd like the number of Xs to match the number of matched characters. ...
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What's wrong with this grep?

> output2.txt cd # some directory i'm trying to search find views/shared -type f -name "*.js" -print0 | while IFS= read -r -d $'\0' line; do echo -n "${line%.js}" | tee -a ~/Documents/counter/...
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Remove words (letters followed by space) from a specific column

I have a file and the format is as follows: cat dog AHF123432 | 123432 | dhfshfjdh lion AFG23412 |23412 | dfshjhfjdhj I need to remove those words from first column which contains only alphabets i....
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What is the effect of the underscore in [A-Z] [_a-zA-Z0-9]*?

In regards to regular-expressions what is the effect of the underscore in [A-Z][_a-zA-Z0-9]*
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Bash script with “execute” command and strange regexp

So I was looking through Paul Irish's dotfiles and found reference to this bash script: #!/bin/bash cd "$(dirname "$BASH_SOURCE")" \ && source 'utils.sh' declare -a FILES_TO_SYMLINK=( ...
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How to express “There is a specified symbol in the following unknown numbers of characters” in regex(vim)?

I have many python code examples in my markdown files, which should be prepended with >>> symbols. So I write a vim function to do this job: function AddShellPrompt() range let lnum = a:...
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How to use regex inside exec with find?

Is it possible to use regular expressions based on the result (file name) inside the exec argument with find? I want to be able to "exec" based on parts of the argument, like: find . -name pattern -...
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grep also returning non matching lines

I'm trying to grep the output of strings and only find lines that start with a certain number of = chars. I tried strings data.txt | grep ^=* Sample output: 1~{, WX2 };K,< ========== ...
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Grep and ignoring leading whitespace

I've been working on a bash script to search for names of defines, and then grab the hex values for them and put them in the list. Once I have the list of names I'll attempt to search for "#define [...
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Grep the text which matches with a pattern

I was looking for a command which will print the selected portion of a line which matches the conditions. Eg, my text line is like this: p1=X||p2=Y||p3=X||p4=X||p5=X||p6=Y||p7=X I want to print ...
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sed - find string made of 4 numbers with a preceding character and append character

I'm trying to build a sed command that will allow me to search and replace some values in a large csv file. I have this column which contains years, like 2005 - 2006 2001 - 2003 and so on, but I also ...
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LFTP exclude file extensions

I am trying to mirror directories with lftp but I don't want to download filetypes that are notoriously large like .mp4 and .swf. But I am having trouble with the regex - and seeming like the exclude-...
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Locate --regex with negative lookahead

Problem I tried to implement a negative lookahead when searching a file with locate like this: locate --regex "apple(?!t)" However I'm getting the following error, because there seems to be some ...
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Replace regex match with string containing match

I have a file with text as Afghanistan=+93 Albania=+355 Algeria=+213 American Samoa=+1 Andorra=+376 Angola=+244 It has all the country list and its dialing code. I want to replace: Afghanistan=+...
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Duplicate lines and make them unique?

I have the following structure of text lines: 3923 001 L05 LV,L05 RM 3923 002 L12 RA,L12 LA 3923 003 I06 ALL 3923 004 G04 RV,Z09 ALL but i would need this: 3923 001 L05 LV 3923 001 ...
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how to replace a sed/perl expression (change and print only matched line) with a python expression?

I have asked this question to learn how perl could replace sed. Now I want to know how the following commands (which do the same thing) would look like for python: sed -n '/patternmatch/s%stuff%...
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how to replace a sed expression (change and print only matched line) with a perl expression?

I am trying to move to perl (from sed). But how can I replace this sed expression with perl in a similarly short way? sed -n '/patternmatch/s%stuff%changed%p' file I need to search for a pattern, ...
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grep for lines/files that contain exactly X chars

Here's the output of a grep command I ran: [user@localhost] : ~/Documents/challenge $ grep -i -e ".\{32\}" fileA fileB fileA:W0mMhUcRRnG8dcghE4qvk3JA9lGt8nDl fileB:observacion = new Observacion(); ...
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emacs dired regexp mark files beginning with

In Emacs Dired mode, I'd like to mark directories and files whose names begin with Addr but not files that contain Addr inside the name. I'm using RE-Builder to test my regular expressions and am ...
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Delete folders using regex

I would like to delete folders with specified regex, but I could not build a good regex. I have: /root /my-picture-2015 /my-picture-2015-1 /my-picture-2015-2 /my-picture-2015-1 /my-...
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Testing if files start with certain letters and contain no special character except for period at end next to file extension in a shell script

I have a shell script that runs a for loop to execute a command on multiple text files in a folder. I want to test if these files' names start with a specific set of letters (NA for instance), and ...
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How do I match the beginning of a line in a manpage?

When I do man zshbuiltins I typically want to search for a command. Suppose I'm looking for info on the alias command. I get a chunk of text like: : [ arg ... ] This command does ...
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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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Move up every other line to end of line containing character

I have run two xpath queries piped together to retrieve certain information. However the results came out formatted on separate lines while I want them to be on the same line. For example the lines ...
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regex usage in exim filtering

I'm trying to create an exim filter to block spam messages containing " 85% OFF" in the subject line. That's a blank space, then any two digits, then the percent sign, a blank space and the ...
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Delete everything before “/” on every line

I am trying to delete certain text that appears before / on every line. I have something like: testing.db.com/7fad416d-f2b3-4259-b98d-2449957a3123 testing.db.com/8a8589bf-49e3-4cd7-af15-...
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Wrap all lines with character sequence in vim

So basically I copy/pasted some code, and I need to prepend and append some more code to each line. Each line is a function call, and is getting added to a switch statement as it's own case. Right ...
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get values which only occur once in a vector

There is a vector of numbers I have which are in ascending order (it is called t8_) 2 7 8 9 11 15 34 91 91 92 94 The problem is that some numbers happen two times. I don't want to remove them, but ...
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How to replace text between two markers in a file with a section of text from another file?

Say I had a block of text in the ~/.bashrc: #~/.bashrc # ...some commands... # aliases alias suicide='sudo rm -rf /' # end aliases # other commands I wish to replace that block of text with some ...
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Remove the exact same matching lines with sed

I have this bash script: sed -i -r '/deb http\:\/\/httpredir\.debian\.org\/debian jessie main/d' /etc/apt/sources.list sed -i -r '/deb http\:\/\/httpredir\.debian\.org\/debian jessie\-updates main/d' ...
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Shell pattern matching and arithmetic operators (+ - * / %)

This looks so simple but it isn't: [[ "1234+5678" =~ [0-9]+(\s*(\-|\*)\s*[0-9]+)* ]] && echo $? returns a 0. However, it actually should not do that, as only minus (-) and multiplication (*) ...
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Match a number range with grep

I need to find all processes that have in their names a number between 100 and 200 inclusive. I tried ps -ef | grep xclock -bw '[1-2][0-9][0-9]' but that includes 299. How to suppress it and ...