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run file from different directory [closed]

I have a directory mainfolder with a subdirectory execution which contains a configure script. I can switch to the execution directory and run ./configure and it works fine. Now I'm trying to figure ...
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print lines between start and end using sed

I need to print the lines between two delimiters. For example, given the input fluff1 fluff2 BEGIN good3 good4 END fluff5 fluff6 BEGIN good7 good8 END more fluff I want the output to be good3 ...
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Using sed to get rid of characters < > ,

I have a file with lines as follows: ... ... <230948203[234]>, ... ... <234[24]>, ... .. I would like to use sed to remove the characters < , and > from every line I tried using ...
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I want to find duplicates in a file and add a character to the end of the line on the 1st match

I am trying to find duplicates in a file and once a match is found mark the 1st match with a character or word on the end of the line. eg my file (test.html) contains the following entries host= ...
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Replace every odd or even occurance of a pattern in a file

I want to replace either every odd or even occurrence of a pattern. Look at the following example: $ echo aaaaa | sed -e 's/a/b/' -e 's/a/c/' -e 's/a/b/' -e 's/a/c/' -e 's/a/b/' bcbcb Is there some ...
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Replacing text between two HTML Comments

I am new to the world of sed/awk and regex in general and have been studying their usage, but have been floundering trying to meet my need: I have an htm page that has a single line notice that needs ...
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Inserting the results of a for loop into an html file - BASH

I have a script that takes the results of a command and puts them into a html code. Here's what I have so far... #!/bin/bash list_dir=`ls -t downloads/` for i in $list_dir do #---- # echo ...
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Easy way to parse syslog date format

I'd like to write a script that analyses the last week's syslog. But my syslog logs in a stupid date format, e.g. "May 22". If it logged as 2013-05-22, this task would be trivial. Is there a way ...
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sed command to leave two decimals and remove the rest after comma

I have a numeric value, for example 19.3478 or 22.456 or 10. I would like to remove extra decimals if there are more than two decimals, so that there is never more than two decimals after the comma. ...
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Colored output in less when tailing a logfile

I am in dire need of a way to color my less output while reading a file that is constantly being appended. The file in questions is a Resin servlet container log. My current "implementation" of the ...
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SED Showing CRLF While Vim Not Showing

Why sed l\;q shows a CRLF while opening the file in Vim with :set list doesn't show any CRLF
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How to select 30 files and do a bunch of sed commands on them

I want new copies of the files, so I want to do something like: dir *.rb foreach file make a copy of the file, e.g. 'blob.rb' to 'blob_processed.rb' do the 50 sed commands to process the ...
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How to sed a range of lines?

I have this: sed -i '/^$/d' temp_spec.rb which is stripping blank lines and works well. How can I make it only do this for lines 5-999 (or ideally 5 to end-of-file). I tried: sed -n5,999 -i ...
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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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How to only substitute lines that match several patterns in sed?

$ echo -e 'CH12\nCH23au' | sed '/^CH/s=^=<b>=' <b>CH12 <b>CH23au I know I can match lines starting with CH by ^CH but how can I match multiple patterns? Example: Input: CH12 ...
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sed couldn't flush stdout no space left on device?

What could be the reason for this error : sed couldn't flush stdout no space left on device This is come of the stuff that i am doing at last in my code sed -n '/.*needs to be executed ...
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How to share a GNU sed script between Linux and Mac OS X

I have a GNU sed script I use on Linux; it is installed at /bin/sed and it seems it contains GNUisms. I have collaborators using Mac OS X. They have installed (non-GNU) sed, located at /usr/bin/sed, ...
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remove only the first blank line sed

there are similar questions here but none matches my problem exactly. How do I remove only the first blank line from a file using sed? Let's say I have a b c And I want a b c As output.
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sed + how to remove character/s that start or ended on each number

How do I remove the . character(s) that start in the beginning of each number or end on each number? Remark – perl one liner also good alternative for sed. Example input: .23.12.44.5. .233.3.3.3 ...
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checking data in columns when a data or some may be missing or present?

I am not sure if this possible. say i have columns like : Team Colour Game Rainfall PlayerName XYZ Blue Cricket Yes Kapil suppose i need to search ...
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Trimming one part if equal to another part?

I use an e-mail quote attribution string like this: On dd mmm yyyy hh:mm +hhmm, from info@example.org (Example Dot Org): where info@example.org is the sender's e-mail address and Example Dot Org is ...
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Split using sed

I have to split [X] ||| you owns the [X,1] ||| you own the [X,1] ||| 1 0.02020 0.07847 0.36788 3 -0.00000 -0.00000 at the pipes and output those line whose 2nd and 3rd argument are different.
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How to remove multiple blank lines from a file?

I have some text-files I use to take notes in - just plain text, usually just using cat >> file. Occasionally I use a blank line or two (just return - the new-line character) to specify a new ...
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how to form a sed expression containing escaped characters

Given a sed expression (and GNU sed 4.2.2 on ArchLinux) /match/i\tline1\n\tline2 which should insert two tab-indented lines above the match, I find that the escaping of the first character (in the ...
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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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sed pattern space and hold space

i was just going thorugh this and i was unable to understand. sed -n '1h; 1!H; ${ g; s/foo\nbar/bla\nblub/ p }' file. where cat file is : foo foo bar why there is 1!H because to me 1h ...
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sed, getting an error: sed -e expression #1, char 28: unterminated `s' command

When I do: sed 's/@driver.quit/#@driver.quit' set_QA_district_name_spec.rb I get the error shown in the title. How can I get around this error, what is wrong?
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Removing all spaces, tabs, newlines, etc from a variable?

This is the error I am getting and it's failing because of a variable whose value is supposed to be 2 (I am getting this using a select * from tabel). I am getting spaces in that variable. + 0 != ...
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How to sed only that lines that contains given string?

INPUT: Select ASDF 325 sdfg sdflk lk Select TRG 46sdg rasdftz fsgs 45 Select ASDF 6ffg sdfg 4456 sdrg OUTPUT: Select ASDF 325 XXXX sdflk lk Select TRG 46sdg rasdftz fsgs 45 Select ASDF 6ffg XXXX ...
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Remove string from a particular field using awk/sed

I have a file (>80,000 lines) that looks likes this: chr1 GTF2GFF chromosome 1 249213345 . . . ID=chr1;Name=chr1 chr1 GTF2GFF gene 11874 14408 . + . ...
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Does sed write to the file or give a sample output

when using sed with a file like this sed 's/a/o' fruits it gives the necessary output to the terminal but it does not change the contents in the file. How do I permanently change the file with the ...
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comparing lines with awk vs while read line

I have two files one with 17k lines and another one with 4k lines. I wanted to compare position 115 to position 125 with each line in the second file and if there is a match, write the entire line ...
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Coloring the output of conky-cli in dwm

I've recently installed conky-cli and got it running on the upper bar in dwm with this simple command: conky | while read -r; do xsetroot -name "$REPLY"; done & And I wanted to get colored ...
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Deleting all C comments with sed

I am trying to write a script that will delete all comments and everything in between inside C files in my current directory. I've been using sed, and this is what I have so far: sed -i '/ * [^()] ...
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Is there an option to make sed fail if pattern not found?

I need to find and replace some patterns in some files, but I need it to return 1 or something if a pattern is not found. Can I do this with sed alone or do I need to check whether the pattern exists ...
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Comment the if statement and the matching endif keyword

In vim, I can find the matching if statement and prepend the appropriate comment symbol. (e.g. %s/.alarm./#\0/g), but then I am left with dangling endifs that I have to find manually. I could simplify ...
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Reordering strings in linux

How can I change lines around using the command line? e.g. I have these lines: Acct-Status-Type = Start User-Name = "37XXXXXXX" Event-Timestamp = "Apr 12 2013 15:56:55 AMT" I need to ...
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Newbie struggles with grep, sed, awk to filter html

I am a beginner linux user, trying to teach myself how to use linux tools on a cygwin install. I decided to make up a project to try to teach myself the basics of shell scripting and simultaneously ...
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Delete XML node containing certain element

I want to remove all Placemarks from a KML file that contain the element <tessellate>. The following block should be wholly removed: <Placemark> ...
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replacing text and deleting text using awk in file using

I have a script and I want to do some replace and delete operations on it. I used sed to extract values between words SendCommands and end like this sed -n '/SendCommands/,/end/p' ddtt As awk was ...
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How to delete lines where the given part of the line is more than 100 chars?

I know I can delete lines that are longer than 100 chars with this: sed '/^.\{100\}..*/d' But I have the following example line: <a ...
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Is there a way to detect null bytes (␀, NUL, \0) in sed?

Related to another question, in order to fuzzily detect binary files, is there a way to detect ␀ bytes in sed?
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add “#” in begining to selected lines in File

Requirement : ADD someting (i.e #) in begining of every line in file A which is grep from file B File A abcd abdc sdfg asdfa jon ram File B jon abcd grep file B from file A and add "#" ...
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Replacing string based on line number

I have a situation where i want to replace a particular string in many files Replace a string AAA with another string BBB but there are lot of strings starting with AAA or ending in AAA ,and i want ...
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Addition with 'sed'

I am trying to perform a mathematical operation with sed, but it continues to treat my variables as strings. The input is of this kind: $ echo 12 | sed 's/[0-9]*/&+3/' $ 12+3 I'd like to have ...
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exchange two words using sed

I am trying to exchange two words in a line but it doesn't work. For example: "Today is my first day of university" should be "my is Today first day of university" This is what I tried: sed ...
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Grep end regex matching

On OS X, system_profiler SPHardwareDataType outputs: Hardware Overview: Model Name: MacBook Pro Total Number of Cores: 4 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB L3 Cache: 8 MB Memory: 8 GB I want to ...
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Deciphering sed commands

I just run across the following sed command: sed "s|^/samba|\\|;s|/|\\|g" I have seen sed substitute commands before. I also know sed allows the usage of any character as a delimeter (| in this ...
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What does x option for sed do actually when exchanging data between hold and pattern buffer?

I dont understand what x does when it comes to exchanging the contents of hold and pattern buffer.Does it exchanges the data between hold and pattern so that any previous data in hold or pattern is ...
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Regex and piped commands with sed

I'm finding really hard to use sed command, plus I can't seem to find well written tutorials. Let me say that I worked with regular expression in other languages (Python, JavaScript, Java), so that ...