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Delete last line from the file

I use sed to quickly delete lines with specific position as sed '1d' sed '5d' But, what if I want to delete the last line of the file and I don't know the count of lines (I know I can get that ...
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Replacing backslashes with commas in Bash

I tried writing a script in which I am reading through a file line-by-line. I am supposed to replace a backslash (\) with a comma (,). The input file is as follows: 1,2,3,WORKSTATION1\A,5 ...
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How can I print a specific occurence of a range pattern?

I am trying to extract several data fields out of somewhat peculiarly formatted strings. Each string has a format similar to the following (spaces added for emphasis): 1 abcd 2 1 efg 2 hij 3 ...
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How can I make my sed command work on OSX as well as Ubuntu

I like customizing my PS1 prompt and including the current directory. I also have several other items such as time, user, git branch and the like, i.e. However one problem is that when my current ...
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How can I print out all but the last n characters in bash?

I'm working with standard input (cating two files together) and want all but the last 10 characters of the result to be passed through the next command. All I can find through searching is using sed, ...
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Want to replace the words with space in multiple files using SED commmand [closed]

Want to replace the words with space in multiple files using SED commmand I have a word as 'Danny' with single quotes in many of my files in multiple directories which I want to change to 'Danny ...
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Rearrange text file by prepending data rows with header row

I have a file whose content looks like this: 2009 150 0 0 0 0000 75.316 0.0400390625 0.00007 0.00000 0.8980 76.216 0.0400390625 0.00007 1.00000 0.9046 77.217 0.0400390625 ...
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removing the last line of a file not working? [duplicate]

I have this TXT file that is created by a bash script and at the end I want to remove the last line of that file that is an empty one. head --lines=-1 r3.txt > r4.txt sed '$d' r3.txt > r4.txt ...
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Searching for all the array elements in another array?

This is how I would search for an element in an array. count=${#ARRAY[@]} lsearch() { status=-1 for((i=0;i<count;i++)) do Temp=$1 if [[ $Temp -eq ${ARRAY[i]} ]] then ...
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Using grep/sed/awk to classify log file entries

I need to process a very large log file with many lines in different formats. My goal is to extract unique line entries who have the same starting pattern, e.g. '^2011-02-21.*MyKeyword.*Error', ...
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awk want to total by hour and variable

I am able to run this and it works fine - note: field $1 is a time/date stamped field.. gawk -F ":" "{ print $1 }" /cygdrive/c/counting/ourlog | sort | uniq -c | sort -r 57339 2014-03-21 09 54290 ...
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Extracting with grep/sed a first pattern and then a second pattern that occured some lines before and related to the first

I'm trying to extract a specific line from a .htm file when a pattern occur ("Event 100" in my example below) but at the same time I need to retrieve also another pattern which is related to the first ...
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sed query for pattern matching [closed]

My file looks like cat new: ALL ALLOFTHEM ALL1 OPS BE2A OPS1 ABE ABE ABE1 sed query below gives me the result as 1st line sed -n '/\([A-Z]\{1,\}\)\1/p' new: ALL ...
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How to split a filename list in 5GB sets?

I have a pretty big list of files which I like to group in smaller list of 5GB each for further processing. The file list is in the following form: "size" (from du) "tab" "absolute path", like this ...
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How to remove lines shorter than XY?

I found a question about, how to remove lines longer then 2048 chars: How to delete line if longer than XY? Q: But how can I remove lines shorter then 4 chars? So remove lines that has 1 or 2 or 3 ...
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Text pre-processing How to run many scripts at once

I have many scripts for text cleaning, is there a way to execute all of them at once instead of doing that one by one, for example I have : sed -i -r "s/[’'–]/ /g" *.txt sed -i 's/Aβ/ ABeta /g' ...
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How to replace a custom date string in a text file

I've looked through several tutorials and a couple of StackOverflow posts, but I've not seen any examples using sed or awk which use dates. I have a text file that contains this as the first line, I ...
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extract the characters before () using grep

I need to extract the characters before the character '('. My file structure is: rose(good)ook daisy()no lilly(bad)fine sunflower()nice I need output file as in the form of: rose ...
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Reduce the over use of files in text processing

Currently, I have a file (Results.txt) which has 27k rows. The file content is as below. 45008657 | A. | | Long | 0 49210987 | A. | ...
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Remove the string before the whitespace

I want to remove a word before the whitespace. My file structure is: ant tiger static rabbit lion dynamic monkey donkey I need the output as: ant tiger rabbit lion monkey donkey ...
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sed: what does “/ ” mean?

x=`src/lstat64 $TEST_DIR/$tmp.1 | sed -n -e '/ Links: /s/.*Links: *//p'` In this script. I understand this part "/s/.*Links: *//p'" the only thing I don't understand is '/ Links: ' what does "/ " ...
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sed replace only lines with matching groups

Currently, I have this command: sed 's/\([^C]*\)/\1AB/' It inserts "AB" before the first instance of "C" on a line. But it is also adding "AB" at the end of every line without a "C". How can I ...
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Regex not matching

why this does not match..? sed -e '/--Updated?[[:space:]]+Date/d' inputfile this..: --Updated Date: 2013-11-06 15:32:13 d? is because sometimes I have Update Date, and sometimes Updated Date. ...
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Extract part of string using grep

I have 3 files in a directory MYO144064T MYO144064TA MYO144064TX Where the digits and 11th character will change. In my csh script, I want to extract the letters 'A' and 'X' probably using grep ...
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Split the input file with line breaks

I am trying to insert line breaks on a file based on the same names which happens to be the second field in my file. So, my input file is like below. 17412193|name1|organization ...
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bash find lines starting with string

I have a bunch of files and I want to find which one contains sequential lines starting with a certain string. For example for the following file : Aaaaaaaaaaaa Baaaaaaaaaaa Cxxxxxxxxx Cyyyyyyyyy ...
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Commands inside bash not being interpreted?

I'm trying to execute a command inside a bash script, $(pwd) is not being interpreted at all, and not even using eval. This do not work: cat apache-vhost.conf | sed 's/{path}/$(pwd)/g' Neither ...
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Bash Scripting : Printing column data in the same row

I have written a bash script to calculate the size of a PostgreSQL database and print the output along with the date when the script was executed in a text file. The script code is as follows: ...
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How to find and replace a field column value in UNIX

I have file with the value say which is delimited with | 123-|aaa|bbb|123|123.0|123-|123.01-|-123.02|123.03-|aaa|bbb|123-|aaa-|-bbb|cc-cc|123.04-|aa123-|123.05- I need to pick the column values ...
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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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Merge fields in a file

I have a file with 7 columns, a GFF file having chromosomal regions.I want to collapse the rows where REGION ="exon" to only one row in the file.The row has to be collapsed on the basis of regions ...
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How to switch the first letters of two words?

$ echo 'foo bar' | sed SOMEMAGIC boo far $ echo 'one two' | sed SOMEMAGIC tne owo Q: in general, how can I replace the "b" from the "bar" to the "f" of the "foo"? And in reverse too, replace the "f" ...
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How to leave only given characters in a file?

Q: How can I leave only the following characters in a file? the ASCII decimal 10, the ENTER, so the so called "line feed" ASCII printable characters (character code 32-127) The extended ASCII codes ...
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Print text between (and including) two delimiters on a line

What's the best way to print the text between (and including) the first pattern ("SELECT" or "SSELECT") and a second pattern ("[") using a command-line took (e.g. cut, sed, awk)? For example, given ...
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How to delete a line with variable search using sed command

I am new to sed. What is wrong with the sed command on deleting the line which matches the input data? InputData.txt 123, 1234, 1453, Datatodelete.txt 1234,hellofirstline 123,hellosecondline ...
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How can I delete the first dot before the first number?

How to remove the first dot before the first number? For example I have the following file more file Version …………2.465.76.8.332 I want to get only the version number - 2.465768.332
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How to sed and put back the part of the match? [duplicate]

So these are the original texts: $ printf 'bbb\nb2b\n' bbb b2b This is what I'm doing $ printf 'bbb\nb2b\n' | sed 's/^b[0-9]/XXX/g' bbb XXXb And this is the output that I want :D $ printf ...
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identifying words in file 1 and matching them to second file and printing them

I have two files as follows File 1 has list of Ids ram Tarah taikah jhdfklj File 2 has id=ram;*between*hkjhdswklf kjsdklhglshglkhgklsdgkhdfg id=taikah;jhdjfkhg**kjdfkjksfdjk ...
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Regular expression not working on sed

I am trying to use sed to change the format of decimal numbers in a large CSV file before importing it into a SQLite database. They all have two decimal places, may be negative use comma as a decimal ...
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Print the last-but-one field

How to print the word before the last word in line (with ksh or awk or sed or perl one liner) Example 1: echo one two three will print "two" Example 2: echo 1 2 3 4 5 6 will print "5"
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For all files that does not contain a string, prepend a string to the file

I am trying to iterate through a list of html files, check to see if {% load static from staticfiles %} exists in the file and if it does not exists, prepend {% load static from staticfiles %} to it. ...
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Replace string with sequential index

Can someone suggest an elegant way to accomplish this? Input: test instant () test instant () ... test instant () //total 1000 lines output should be: test instant1 () test ...
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How can I use sed to only print what appears between these two strings?

How can I use sed to only post what appears between iterations of: "<title><![DATA[" and ]]></title> I tried doing sed 's/<title><![DATA[/(.*)/]]//g' ...
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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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search for first pattern and copy the string inside the ( ) into the 3rd field in lines where the second pattern found

Here are my spec: first search for "#firstpattern(" copy the content inside the ( ) to the 3rd field inside the ( ) of all lines where the "secondpattern" found. remove the entire line with the ...
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case sensitive substitution; same target ids

I am struggled myself to make a case sensitive replacement in a text file. Please find below a segment of my sed file that I am running as sed -f file.sed < input.txt > output.txt ...
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How to match exact string using `sed`? But not the part of it.?

I have a input file FILE1.TXT as below. 11 id1 12 13 AGE = 20 14 NAME = NAME1 15 16 id2 17 18 AGE = 30 19 NAME = NAME2 . . . 110 idXYZ 111 112 AGE = AGEXYZ 113 NAME = ...
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Piping paths with different types of quotes for slash substitution

I would like to use sed to convert a path with backslashes to the same path with forward slashes: E.g. I would like to pipe \\path\to\file\ and obtain /path/to/file None of the following commands ...
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Use sed to replace line of text with new line including variable

I was looking at this solution: Using sed to edit lines in a file with a variable and tried to apply it to my situation, but I have only recently discovered sed and haven't got the hang of it yet. If ...
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Is it possible to match multiple specific line numbers (not range) with sed?

Consider: echo -e "a\nb\nc\nd\ne\nf\ng\nh" | sed '3,5a test' This will match lines 3, 4 and 5. But I am trying to match only lines 3 and 5 (not 4). And append 'test' after them.