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Search and replace strings that are not substrings of other strings

I have a list of replacements like so: search_and -> replace big_boy -> bb little_boy -> lb good_dog -> gd ... I need to make replacements for the above, but at the same time avoid ...
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2answers
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Fastest & Most Core way to replace “\r\n” with “\n” in a file?

I suppose tr is a more core method and thus probably a faster way to replace things within a given file. However tr can only replace equal amounts of characters. meaning... 2 characters can only be ...
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Replace $ with £ using sed command

I have text file DollarToPound.txt with some Dollar signs ($). Please provide a shell script to replace dollar symbol with Pound (£) with sed command. I am getting: batch@BATCH:[~/output]$ ./del.sh ...
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3answers
156 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
27 views

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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1answer
63 views

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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3answers
35 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
164 views

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 ...
2
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6answers
242 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
600 views

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 ...
7
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3answers
706 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
991 views

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 ...
1
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1answer
80 views

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> ...
0
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1answer
70 views

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 /=\~/ ...
4
votes
3answers
266 views

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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2answers
170 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
617 views

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 ...
5
votes
4answers
420 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
277 views

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, ...
3
votes
2answers
115 views

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 ...
2
votes
5answers
434 views

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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votes
4answers
11k views

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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vote
4answers
604 views

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] ...
2
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3answers
9k views

Sed : Replace pattern on every second occurence?

Is there a way to tell sed to replace the pattern on every second occurrence? Or at least on every second line? (Sure it's possible with a script, but I was asking myself if sed can do it to). ...
2
votes
2answers
502 views

remove only specific text occurrences from string using sed

I have a text file that contains many rows of this sort of thing: /*[17:51:27][1 ms]*/ UPDATE `country` SET `region_id` = '4' WHERE `country_id` = '36'; Is there a way that I can use sed to remove ...
2
votes
1answer
421 views

Duplicate selected words with sed and replace it

I have to modify a document containing xml data; one modification I couldn't set up with sed. I have to modify the following expressions from: <Bild ...
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2answers
254 views

How to split vCards lines

Related to How to join vCards lines, vCard does a weird kind of line splitting: If a line contains more than 75 characters, insert a "CR, LF, space" sequence. Thus the following line: ...
2
votes
1answer
245 views

Replace “<?php print t('Blabla'); ?>” to be “Blabla”

Lets say in file.php, there is lots of php print text: <?php print t('Blabla'); ?>, <?php print t('Text Here'); ?>, etc. What I need is to remove <?php print t(' and '); ?> of the ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

regex replace text in xml file within node from the command line

I have an XML file and I would like to replace everything that is between the open and closing tag within multiple instances of the g:gtin node with nothing. Is this possible from the command line, ...
4
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4answers
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Replace whole line in a file from command-line

I have a text file which has some contents similar to this: # General information about the project. project = u'Py6S' copyright = u'2012, Robin Wilson' # The version info for the project you're ...
2
votes
1answer
449 views

Replace complex string in several files

A hacker got into a web server and added this string (removed some characters for security purposes and added line breaks for readability) in all index.php files: <?php ...
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votes
2answers
8k views

Replace string with contents of a file using sed

I have two different files: File1 /home/user1/ /home/user2/bin /home/user1/a/b/c File2 <TEXT1> <TEXT2> I want to replace the <TEXT1> of File2 with the contents of File1 ...