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Removing an empty line and the line above it

I have a large .fna file containing millions of DNA sequences. Due to some write errors after truncating my primers, I'm left with some sequence headers with no sequence following it. An example is ...
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Replace multiline string in files

I have a number of files I want to update by replacing one multi-line string with another multi-line string. Something along the lines of: * Some text, * something else * another thing And I want ...
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Split log file by time range

I have a log file and would like to cut it into copies of 15min. In the log file the lines start with: dd mmm yyyy hh:mm:ss,xxx e.g. 12 Feb 2013 16:05:02,xxx log text... and the file rotates ...
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What characters do I need to escape when using sed in a sh script?

Take the following script: #!/bin/sh sed 's/(127\.0\.1\.1)\s/\1/' [some file] If I try to run this in sh (dash here), it'll fail because of the parentheses, which need to be escaped. But I don't ...
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sed fails to remove newline character

I've been using sed for quite some time but here is a quirk I came around with, which I am not able to resolve. Let me explain my problem with the actual case. Scene#1 printf "ls" | xclip ...
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how to replace a character within in a multiple double quoted words within a line using sed?

I have text file including text format like this. 012345,"[ThinkPadT2/3Gband,Mac]",Lenovo,"iPhone3G,A1241" How do i replace comma inside words only within double quote by pipe(|) operator using ...
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sed “e” and “g” flags not working together

Given this: echo AAA | sed -r 's/A/echo B/ge' I get this: Becho Becho B I would have thought I would get "BBB". This is with GNU sed version 4.2.1. What is going on, and how can I use the ...
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How to select first occurrence between two patterns including them

How can I select first occurrence between two patterns including them. Preferably using sed or awk. I have: text something P1 something content1 content2 something P2 something text something P1 ...
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Escape ampersand in bash variable used as a sed argument [duplicate]

I have a template Hello NAME welcome and want to replace NAME with data like "Judy&Mary". Why does this not work? TEMPLATE="Hello NAME welcome" DATA="Judy&Mary" echo $TEMPLATE | sed -e ...
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How can I use regex to extract the text following two conditions into a variable?

I'd like to extract a setting for a given host in the ssh_config file and put it into a variable. Host mysite HostName 123.1.1.1 User myuser Port 13245 GSSAPIAuthentication no ...
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Formatting ifconfig using sed/awk

I'm using ifconfig on OpenSUSE. When I run ifconfig eth0 I get eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr CE:FD:75:DF:A5:6D inet addr:172.16.4.177 Bcast:172.16.5.255 Mask:255.255.254.0 inet6 ...
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Two operations with sed on the same pattern

I use this following sed command for display names of files with a specific form: ls -1 *|sed 's/^\(.*\).png/\1\/\1,/g' If I have two files named BOH_Contour.png and BOV_Web.png, I obtain ...
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Replace some text with sed

I have tried this to replace the resis_test by m.gds by searching the key word LAYOUT_PRIMARY. sed -e 's/\(LAYOUT PRIMARY\).*\1 /m.gds/' < FILE.ex > b FILE.ex LAYOUT PRIMARY "resis_test" ...
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How can I insert the contents of a file into a string in bash

I would like to append the contents of a multi-line text file after a particular line in a string. For example, if the file file.txt contains line 1 line 2 I'd like do so something like printf ...
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How to remove all CRLF in file (not replace with LF)

I'd like to remove all carriage returns followed by line feeds (CRLF), such as \r\n in a file. How can I do that? I can't use dos2unix because that replaces CRLF with LF. And I can't use tr because ...
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How to swap entire html blocks in multiple files with sed

I have tons of html pages with a simlar content as follows: <div class="wrapper"> <div class="aaa"> ...lot of html1 here like div's/spans etc.. </div> <!-- end aaa --> ...
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How can I replace a string in a file(s)?

Replacing strings in files based on certain search criteria is a very common task. How can I replace string foo with bar in all files in the current directory? do the same recursively for sub ...
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sed stdin behaviour

Using sed for a direct stdin treatment of data, I expect that a line is treated after the enter. This is what happens when I test on CygWin or Linux but on my AIX, a second new line is needed to treat ...
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Get current timezone on Centos 7

On previous version of centos , i used the following command to get the current timezone in my bash script timezone=$(sed 's/ZONE=//g' /etc/sysconfig/clock) Output is "America/New_York" How can i ...
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Using sed to cut a string starting with n spaces and ending with n spaces

How to use sed to cut text starting with x spaces and ending with y spaces? For instance This is my string: kkk 111 fff aaabbb 5d98 ccc mmmppp 9369d and I want to get this output: ...
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How to run a command only if sed replace strings

I want to enable multiverse repository in Ubuntu by a command line. sed -i "/^# deb.*multiverse/ s/^# //" /etc/apt/sources.list && apt-get update This command will run apt-get update every ...
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Strip off word pattern at the end of string using sed

I have following string: ksh -x SCRIPT2.ksh $BUSSINESSDATE & PID=$!; ksh -x SCRIPT1.ksh $BUSSINESSDATE & PID=$!; I want to strip off the last word & PID=$!;. Desired result is: ksh -x ...
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Extract substring using regular expression on a Unix file

I have file with below contents . /ABC/RTE/AD_900_VOP_123/OPP /ABC/RTE/TRE/AD_900_VOP_145/BBB /ABC/RTE/AN_900_VFP_124/FBF /ABC/RTE/HD_900_FOP_153/WEW /ABD/RDV/AD_900_VOP_123/OPP ...
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Search and Replace question

I need to find all occurrences of AAsomeArbitraryStringBB and replace it with CCsomeArbitraryStringDD. So AAHelloBB Text AAByeByeBB becomes CCHelloDD Text CCByeByeDD. It's important to note ...
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Extracting values from a file keyed by multiple keys

Consider a file with key=value pairs, and each key is optionally a concatenation of multiple keys. In other words, many keys can map to one value. The reason behind this is that each key is a ...
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Filter out inconsistent data blocks

I would like to filter out rows that has inconsistent geno values in line-part blocks. In case of duplicate consistent values , I would just keep the first row. As example, 'gf345 part1' has more ...
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Can sed remove 'double' newline characters?

I have a document with a lot of empty lines. How can I remove them when there are 2 or more together. I tried sed "s/\n\n//" file but it didn't work. No error.
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Pattern Search between specific lines and print line numbers

I have a file of 20 lines. I want to search for a string between the lines 10 and 15 and print the string along with the line numbers of the original file. I have tried sed -n 10,15p file | grep -n ...
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find and replace a value in a line of text

I have a text file which contain only 1 line of text 1314:Battery:1.90:50:30 I'm trying to figure out if is there anyway to do a grep and sed to change the value 50 and 30 to the following ...
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Prepending text read from a file on the top of another file [duplicate]

I want to add "void mainfunction()" on the top of a file. I am reading the actual name of the file from another file and the name of the main function from another file. I was using sed -i '1i void ...
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Rename mp3 file names to a pattern

I have a list of like names likes so: /A/B/C/D/E/F/filename_album1-003.mp3 its more like album\d+ I would like to change it to something like /A/B/C/D/E/F/filename_song-3.mp3 song is just a ...
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extract from line to line and then save to separate file

I tried my luck with grep and sed but somehow I don't manage to get it right. I have a log file which is about 8 GB in size. I need to analyze a 15 minute time period of suspicious activity. I ...
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How can I replace string in a file?

I have the following line in a file, I would like to insert \N between two comma 20121128020001,2012-11-28 02:00:01.000,,,,,,,3.80,,,,, I tried to use seed sed -i 's/,,/,\\N,/g' Test.CSV Where I ...
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How to use variables in sed command

I'm trying to run sed -i "/$variable/c \$variable1' file.txt But it's not displaying any change in the file: file.txt. But the same command, with out the variables works fine: sed -i "/variable/c ...
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Need to insert single quotes in text file for use as SQL query using sed

I have created a line of text that looks like this: INSERT INTO radcheck(id, username, attribute, op, value) VALUES (,,00:23:32:c2:a9:e8,Auth-Type,:=,Accept); I want to use sed to make it look like ...
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removing the first and the last character of every line from command line

I am trying to remove the first and the last characters of everyline in a text file and save the resulting truncated version in a new file. Does anyone have an idea about how to do that efficiently ...
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Reverse match in sed, replace opposite of what was found

Say I have this output from my syslog, precalculated src_hash => 20 bytes @ 0x7f811c001e20 A6 2D E5 CD 2A BA F0 42 56 66 19 D4 61 1A E3 A0 .-..*..BVf..a... C7 5E 5F 77 ...
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Replacing text from a list of replacements. Added complication: backslashes

I have a file A that contains pairs of strings, one per line: \old1 \new1 \old2 \new2 ..... I would like to iterate over file A, and for each line perform the replacement (e.g. "\old1 -> \new1") ...
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Directory filenames with sed with whitespaces

I'm working on a script and I'm stuck, even with the help of the google. Here's my code: for FOLDER in `find . -type d | sed "s#^.#$(pwd)#" | sed 's/ /\ /g'` do echo "$FOLDER" done This will ...
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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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pattern match and capturing in unix

I have a file like this: A1-1915435_1_MIMAT0000069_MirBase_miR-16_microRNA_1_22-A1-1915435_1_ENSG00000206737_ENST00000384010_U1_snRNA_73_115 ...
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How to rename files with sed and csv

I'm new with Linux, sed, and awk but I don't mind challenging myself on new ideas. That being said, I understand the purpose and how to use rename and sed for a common event such as adding a $date or ...
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Extract lines between and including 2 patterns

I have a file with data structured as follows 1, p1, p2, p3, p4, p5, p6, p7 2, p9, p10,, 2, q1, q2, q3, q4, q5, q6, q7 2, q9, q10,, 2, r1, r2, r3, r4, r5, r6, r7 2, r9, r10,, 1, s1, s2, s3, s4, s5, ...
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How to avoid that an insertion pattern using sed is applied to the middle of a string?

Aim The aim is to convert the following string: hello_hello,123-world567-helloworld123456,world1234-hello09876 using sed into a specific format. Attempts sed -e ...
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Remove a line if regex exists only in 1st column of each line in a csv file

I have the following comma-delimited data (spaces used for visual clarity): 1 2014 23 2352 19.24 7.18 1 2014 23 2353 19.78 4.65 24 2014 23 2354 20.26 25.34 1 2014 23 2355 26.65 42.76 1 2014 23 ...
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how to split file and lines

I have a text file like : 1_01 { ; quite good spirals reset=2000 type=mandel passes=1 corners=-0.6014129278/-0.5990935452/0.427747516/0.429487053 params=0/0 float=y ...
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How to manipulate a CSV file with sed or awk?

How can I do the following to a CSV file using sed or awk? Delete a column Duplicate a column Move a column I have a big table with over 200 rows, and I'm not that familiar with sed.
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Remove next-to-last extension in a file name

Suppose a folder with many files with bad extensions,for example Song1.avi.mp3 Song2.avi.mp3 Song32.web.mp3 Song23.mp4.mp3 Song2a.mp9.mp3 I want to remove only the second field (web, avi, mp4). I ...
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Use sed or awk to join lines in a certain pattern?

Not sure on how to turn this input: A B C apartner bpartner cpartner into this output: A apartner B bpartner c cpartner I have this pattern in a 80 line file that needs to be 40 line. Also, how ...
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Return only the portion of a line after a matching pattern

So pulling open a file with cat and then using grep to get matching lines only gets me so far when I am working with the particular log set that I am dealing with. It need a way to match lines to a ...