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Replace multiple strings in a single pass

I'm looking for a way to replace placeholder strings in a template file with concrete values, with common Unix tools (bash, sed, awk, maybe perl). It is important that the replacement is done in a ...
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zsh's “echo SomeText >> **/filename” in other shells

I need to fill all files with a specific filename (recursively) with a text. In zsh this can be done with echo SomeText > **/TheFileName I search generic solutions for sh-compatible and/or tcsh ...
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How to replace the content of a specific column with awk?

Given: there are 40 columns in a record. I want to replace the 35th column so that the 35th column will be replaced with the content of the 35th column and a "$" symbol. What came to mind is something ...
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CentOS replace config error

I'm currently working on updating our CentOS server, however whenever I'm trying to use yum I get this error. Config Error: Plugin "replace" requires API 2.6. Supported API is 2.5. I'm new to ...
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sed replace misplaces slashes

I have the following code in a LaTeX file: for \emph{service} in \emph{host}.resources: for \emph{file} in \emph{host}.resources: \underline{service}.requires.add(\underline{file}) ...
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Search for pattern across multiple files and replace a sub-part in all occurences

I am helping a friend with her thesis written in LaTeX and I need a quick solution for a "search and replace". Using a terminal in Linux, how can I find the following pattern: \caption{*\cite{*}} ...
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Using sed to perform substitutions in a file

I was trying to replace dates in a huge file using sed. I tried : sed -ie 's/2014-[0-9]{2}-[0-9]{2}/2014-05-07/g' test However, nothing happened at all, my file test is not modified. Do you know ...
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How to search and replace strings matching a replacement list for multiple files

I have a file, say map.txt, containing a list of search strings and corresponding replacements: search -> replacement bigBone -> bb fishMarket -> fm dogCollar -> dc ... I need to ...
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How to search, replace and append a pattern to the end of each line

I have the following list of items: bigBone fishMarket dogCollar ... I need to generate a two character mapping like this: bigBone -> bb fishMarket -> fm dogCollar -> dc ... How can I ...
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How to do more than one substring replace at once in bash?

I have a directory contains image files that are to be echoed in bash. While echoing, I want to replace both file name and extension in single line command. Example files: images/file_name_1.jpg ...
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How to insert text after a certain string in a file?

Right now I'm using echo "Hello World" >> file.txt to append some text to a file but I also need to add text below a certain string let's say "[option]", is it possible with sed? EG: Input ...
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How to remove a specific character in a string but only if there are no numbers in that line in Linux

I've been stumped with this seemingly simple-to-fix problem.. well, for a while. Here's example output from the file I need to edit: $cat file George Washington Geneva Convention 123,281,029 USD ...
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text replacing in data file with peculiar spacing

I have a text (.qdp) file with many data stored. In some rows, the data are too many to be on just one line. Then, the program that saves the data, use a minus sign (-) to go on the new line, and ...
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Remove unknown unicode character from textfiles - sed, other bash/shell methods

I need to search and replace all occurences of an unknown character in some files having the same name. Opening such files with vi, I read <91> code for that character. Opening them with nano, I ...
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Problem installing input-wacom-0.20.0

I run Linux Mint 14. I bought a wacom intuos pen&touch small tablet and my old driver (don't know which one, someone installed it for me...) does not support it. I did a little research and found ...
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Sed: search and replace a patten with special characters which has a arbitrary string in between

I have a load of nfo files which I want to make some global substitutions for some values within each file e.g. a.nfo has the value <set>Tonight&apos;s Menu ( June 2012 )</set> ...
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Replace spaces and tabs at the end of the line in all files

I need to replace all unwanted spaces in all files from the current directory and from directories from the current directory (recursive search). I define the unwanted spaces the spaces and tabs that ...
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Copy file while replacing text in it

I'm writing a script to publish a webapp. While copying files, I must replace a placeholder current_date in a file with the current date. I would start with something like this to define the date ...
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How to add parens around text

How can I use sed to replace text and also append to end of line for the match in question? I have a sed file which is doing many substitutions. One of them changes ~= to match( using /=\~/ ...
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how to emulate “replace a b b a” with a sed?

I am trying to emulate a replace command which swaps two characters, with a sed script, but the obvious choice: sed -e 's/a/b/g' -e 's/b/a/g' does no work. Can you point me how to do it correctly? ...
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Replace output occurrences

Let's say I have this output: 0001 0002 0003 0004 0005 and I want to replace the first two zeros (00) with (01). What is the simplest way to achieve this?
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How to report “sed” in-place changes

When using sed to replace strings in-place, is there a way to make it report the changes it does (without relying on a diff of old and new files)? For instance, how can I change the command line ...
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Replace a pattern in a file with a long string

I'm writing a little shell script to generate a directory listing. To make the output easily customizable, the script just builds a HTML-table and than should replace a specific token in a template ...
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Automatic replacement of strings in gedit

I want to replace some strings defined by me in gedit, after a word has been completed and/or the document has been saved. For example \ðrac should be replaced with \frac How do I do this in gedit or ...
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How to grep, then search and replace on the output?

I have some output from iconv, e.g. $ iconv -l | grep ISO | head -5 CSISO4UNITEDKINGDOM// CSISO10SWEDISH// CSISO11SWEDISHFORNAMES// CSISO14JISC6220RO// CSISO15ITALIAN// durrantm:~ How can I change ...
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How could I use Bash to find 2 bytes in a binary file, increase their values, and replace?

I'm trying to find two bytes inside binary file, then increase value of those two bytes and replace them inside file. Those two bytes are on positions 0x82-0x83. For now on I have successfully ...
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Merge folders and replace files using CLI

I want to update some forum software and I'd like to test the upgrade process using CLI as a learning possibility. How do I merge contents of a folder into another folder and replace files?
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vim - how can i do a 'change word' using the current paste buffer

I have some text in my paste buffer, e.g. I did a yw (yank word) and now I have 'foo' in my buffer. I now go to the word 'bar' and I want to replace it with my paste buffer. To replace the text ...
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How to insert text after the last configuration line?

I have to insert a line into a configuration files automatically, but with the added caveat that it should be inserted before a multi-line footer comment and any preceding empty or whitespace-only ...
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How does one find and replace text with geany in all files in a directory?

I see this discussion: How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany? I want to find and replace all files in a directory. The method suggested in the answer, is very good to find. ...
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sed how to substitute when string has “http://” in it?

I have a file xx that has the following contents: @base_url = "http://dmstaffing-stage.herokuapp.com/" I want to use sed to eliminate this line (replace with nothing). I have used this sed ...
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Use sed to find whole word and replace

I have the following block of text in a file: test3.legacy test4.legacy test3 test3.kami I only want to search for test3 as a whole and replace it with nothing. Unfortunately, all my attempts have ...
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Search and replace full line in recursive files

I'm using: grep -n -H -o -R -e textword . List all file recursively under directory '.' with string 'textword' and show the file, line and only portion matching. I need to remove lines that ...
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How can I replace text after a specific word using sed?

I have a file named .ignore. In need to replace the projdir. For example: ignore \..* ignore README projdir Snake I need to replace Snake with, for example, "PacMan". I read the man page, but I ...
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Why does this add spaces? echo “x ax” | sed 's/x\s*/x /'

I want to find a x, and replace the 0 or more following spaces (\s*) with just a single space. echo "x ax" | sed 's/x\s*/x /' For some reason, instead of replacing the spaces with the single space, ...
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How to fix networking driver boot load failure after replacing hardware?

After replacing the motherboard, which is the same as after replacing the network adapter interface hardware (NIC), our Debian 6.0.6 no longer loads the networking driver on boot. The manual approach ...
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Replace AAA for BBB in file

Given I have a file with several words, how can I do the following: How can I replace AAA for BBB in a file with Unix?
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How to convert *text* to {\i text} with sed?

I would like to replace every occurrence of *text* into {\i text}. text *text* text *text* text *text* *text text text* text should become text {\i text} text {\i text} text {\i text} {\i text ...
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Replacing lines in files with file contents

I have several files which contain some PHP includes and I want to substitute them with the file contents. The file looks like foo <?php include("file1.php"); ?> bar baz <?php ...
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Substitute placeholders in template

Say I have a shell configuration file config like this: HOST=localhost PORT=8080 Now I have a template template like this: The host is <%= @HOST %> The port is <%= @PORT %> How do I ...
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Copying hashtag comments recursively within <blocks>

I have two files, one with blocks like <record> line1 line2 line3 #model bla bla bla </record> while the other file has exactly the same number of blocks, but without the hashtag ...
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Replace semicolons to commas between the quotes only [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Remove comma between the quotes only I'm trying to use awk function to replace the semicolons between quotes to comma and it is 98% ok for me, because I want to keep the ...
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Remove line containing certain string and the following line

I use this cat foo.txt | sed '/bar/d' to remove lines containing the string bar in the file. I would like however to remove those lines and the line directly after it. Preferably in sed, awk or ...
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Replace text between brackets

I'm using awk '{ gsub(/BAR|WIBBLE/, "FOO"); print }' to replace text in data like: SOMETHING [BAR, WIBBLE] SOMETHING [BAR] This gives the desired result of: SOMETHING [FOO, FOO] SOMETHING [FOO] ...
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shell script/utility replace 2 byte unicode in binary file

I have many large Unicode files. I would like to replace each Unicode byte pair with a new Unicode byte pair. For example, the original file contains "C3 B9 C3 AB C3 B8 C3 B0" and I would like to ...
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How to replace current word under cursor in Emacs

How do I replace current word under cursor in Emacs? I know that I can use query-replace or replace-string but every time I do so I have to type entire string to be replaced, this is just annoying. ...
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Smart way to perform a similar replacement (not simple enough for diff) in multiple files?

I have a bunch of files (45, so too many to edit them manually without going crazy) which all require the same changes (as seen in the three diffs at the end of this question). Most tools used for ...
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Add info under specific line

I want to know how could I add files contain information under specific line in file. For example, I have file1.txt with the following lines: line 1 line 2 line 3 and file2.txt has the ...
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Emacs simple arithmetics in query replace

Is it possible to do the following in emacs: Query replace all numbers in a region by the number +n, for example if you have: 12 and 7 are nice numbers let n be 3, then it should transform to 15 ...
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How to find and replace files contents that match a pattern?

Suppose we have a folder named Project. I would like find each file in the folder that contains the pattern &$ at the function call. For example should replace: AnyFunction(&$arg); with ...