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

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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 ...
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How to Replace Path in Search field using VIM

I'm trying to replace this text in VIM Actual Path /home/omipenguin/Servers\ Information/systemscript.sh/sysinfo.txt with this new path /home/sysinfo I tried %s/\/home\/omipenguin\/Servers\ ...
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Lowercase all but the first (Uppercase) letter from UPPERCASE in cyrillic

To make all letters a lower case except the first letter. The first letter would look like "Uppercase" after I changed (from UPPERCASE in cyrillic). The rest (not UPPERCASED) leave unchanged. I'm ...
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Regular expression in bash script

This is my first time bash scripting so I'm probably making an easy mistake. Basically, I'm trying to write a script that gets the groups of a user, and if they are in a certain group, it will log ...
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Using a perl compatible regex with GNU grep -P

I'm using this regex (?<=\[')[^,]* on a file containing the following line disk = ['OVS/sdasd/asdasd/asdasd/something.img, w'] I want that to return OVS/sdasd/asdasd/asdasd/something.img How do I ...
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Brace expression does not work in find regex

I have two folders, CA01 and CA02 under current folder, foo: foo -+ | +-CA01 | +-CA02 When I type find . -regex ".*CA[0-9]+" -exec echo {} + Or find . -regex ...
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Why `rename` behaves differently whenever I use full path instead current path?

Ok, I'm answering a question where the OP have several repositories in Ubuntu that might be causing a problem installing unrelated software. I recommend disabling the PPA's using a single liner rename ...
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Get all regex matches between two patterns and print them to file

I've got a file with a bunch of long lines. I'd like to grab every group between two patterns and print them to a new file, one match per line. I could manage to do this with Python, but I'd prefer ...
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Regex to find NFS filesystems that aren't being mounted with nosuid, except for ones with special needs

I have a script that runs the command mount -v 2>/some/file, which I then parse with another script using the following regex: ^.*[\ \t]+type[\ \t]+nfs(?![\ \t]+.*\b(?:nosuid|nosetuid)\b).* The ...
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grep + operator

According to the grep manual: * The preceding item will be matched zero or more times. + The preceding item will be matched one or more times. Let's test it echo 'agb' | grep 'a.*b' # returns ...
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How can I reformat tabular data using AWK?

I have a file contain following output. ora.abc.db 1 ONLINE ONLINE serverA Open 2 ONLINE ONLINE serverB Open ora.xyz.db 1 ...
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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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Alternative regex for {}

I am trying to replace all of this line, but the numbers: looktype="123" so only the numbers show up. Is this possible in any easy way? {sub ("look type=\"[0-9]{0,3}", "TEST")} I am trying this ...
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How to match a literal '*' with sed?

I have this line in my file called test.php 'dbs_password' => 'a8b*cyP0', and want to replace into: 'dbs_password' => 'password-here', So I use this sed command with syntax: $ sed -e ...
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Pattern repetition and regexp

Take the pattern [UGLER]* Can the string UUG match against it? I mean to say, is repetition allowed?
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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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Stuck in separating chars into strings in my approach. Found a working approach but can not understand it

I am trying to figure out how to break a string to be on character per line. I.e ahebhaaa to be: a h e b h a a a I tried: $ echo ahebhaaa | sed 's/\(.\)\(.\)/\1\n\2/g' I.e. my ...
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Why do I need to escape regex characters in sed to be interpreted as regex characters?

It seems e.g. cat sed_data.txt | sed 's/\b[0-9]\{3\}\b/NUMBER/g' that I must escape characters to form a regular expression. In this case I had to escape braces in order to be interpreted as a number ...
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vim search numbers containing specific number of digits

I need to find specific length numbers in a big document. I tried to use regex for this. For example, If I need to search for numbers with exactly 2 digits, I use /d/d (i.e. /d twice followed by a ...
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sed : Ignore line starting whitespace for match

I want to replace the default listening port of httpd to 9090. I can edit the line in httpd.conf file using below sed -i "/^Listen/c\Listen 9090" /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf But the line Listen 80 ...
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grep for an alphanumeric strings of any length with a colon on each side

How would you grep for an alphanumeric strings of 1 to 50 characters (ideally, any length would work too) with a colon on each side – a typical result would be all the lines containing the string ...
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How to insert both vimscript variable and string into vim search and replace

I've only just found out about Vimscript's existence as of today, so forgive me if this question is more basic than it seems, but I've been struggling to find an answer to this question for the better ...
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Aptitude regex engine

I was trying to lookup the versions of libdb in the debian archives with something like that: $ aptitude search '~S~ndev$(~nlibdb~(\d~|-~)!~v~rnative)' which didn't work as expected so I changed ...
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Match multiple regular expressions from a single file using awk

I'm trying to parse a HTML file using shell scripting. There are 4 different regular expressions that i need to catch: name= , age= , classs= , marks=. Using grep "name=\|age=\|class=\|marks=" ...
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How can I combine grep with file and extra regex

I have a file of strings in each line. For example: AAAAA BBBBB CCCCC etc I want to check each string one by one whether it exists in a series of files in a specific directory. I ...
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Regexp on data flow

I want to test if in my data flow, there is something, and do an exit code. I use gammu monitor, which provides a data flow, for example : [root@MYSERVER ~]# gammu monitor Press Ctrl+C to break... ...
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How to grep for pipe |

How can I grep for line containing pipe character | or for character >: files content: |this is test where is > this is none now what I need using grep command is grep -iE "<some ...
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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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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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Remove 2 and 3 newlines in a text file but not 1

I'm developing on a max osx 10.8 and have no preferences to which tool to use probably sed but it doesn't matter. Update after comment: The input file uses windows new lines if that's complicates ...
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Why is this line included in the `logcheck` report email?

In addition to the Debian provided rulesets, I have added a file /etc/logcheck/ignore.d.workstation/wpasupplicant.local (owner root:logcheck, mode 0644) to my newly installed logcheck setup. I have ...
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grep: display filename once, then display context with line numbers

Our source code has error codes scattered throughout. Finding them is easy with grep, but I'd like a bash function find_code that I can execute (eg. find_code ####) which will provide output along ...
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vim regex to search for lines containing string1 AND string2

How in vim/vi can I search for all lines that contain string1 and string2, where either string can appear anywhere on the line separated by whitespace and possibly other words? I would also like to ...
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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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Execute a command within 'sed'

I have a list of random memory addresses saved in a text file, and I need to sed them out, decode them, and save them back to my file. However, the decoding operation I'm trying to perform is handled ...
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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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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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Backreferencing with sed

I have a database containing a list of unsigned longs representing a bunch of memory addresses followed by an offset within two brackets (e.g. Mem[offset], 0x2322AD4[3]), and some other data. What I ...