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sed - how to (not) match unmatched brackets

How can I do my operation only on lines that close their brackets? For example I want to change ".is" lines and add a bracket but not for lines with unclosed brackets. so these are changed ...
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Pattern matching across multiple lines

What is a quick and easy way to validate if the pattern "301 domaname.com 200" is present within BASH when spread across multiple lines of output? I was using something like the following: awk ...
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How can I pass in a parameter to sed?

To be more precise - how can I pass in a parameter to a program that then calls sed - how can I 'pass' that parameter along? I have a file 'source_code.sc'. I have a sed script "find_expect": #n ...
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Replace “-from” with “this” in the begining of line

I want to replace "-from" with "this" in the begining of line. This should happen when that line has 'R' at the end and line above it has "D" at the end. For example for the block shown below: ...
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sed behaves different on FreeBSD and on Linux?

I use both Linux and FreeBSD (specifically, I use Debian Linux and PC-BSD), and I found something weird about sed. I frequently need to convert "tab separated values" files to "comma separated ...
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what is the meaning of this sed command: `;/@/{h;s/test/next/g;x;G}`?

sed -e 's/72;/72, next_val = 0x11111111;/;/@/{h;s/test/next/g;x;G}' fmt_vuln.c > fmt_vuln2.c could you tell me about what is the meaning of ;/@/{h;s/test/next/g;x;G}?
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Adding corresponding Numbers in a Range

I have a dataset with 30000 lines. I want to add all the corresponding values (i.e. Column 2) between the range 0-50 and then 50.1-100 and then 100.1-150 etc. (presented in column 1), and this ...
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How to delete a specific line and the following blank line using GNU sed?

I have the following text: Start-Date: 2013-11-11 07:43:49 Commandline: apt-get install --no-install-recommends catfish Start-Date: 2013-11-11 11:27:07 Start-Date: 2013-10-16 22:53:02 ...
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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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sed - how to exclude multiple patterns in the match

I have currently a set of seds that's working well except for one thing. The particular expression I'm having an issue with is: sed -i '/[^}.to]\.to[[:space:]]/ s/\(\S\)/expect(\1/' ...
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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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sed - how to replace either space or underscore_word

Currently I have this sed: sed -i '/[^}.to]\.to[[:space:]]/ s/\(\S\)/expect(\1/' ../_spec_seded/"$file" which adds "expect(" at the start of lines that have ".to" (but not "{.to") How can I make ...
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grep block of lines

I want to grep every block of lines that has starting line with "CK \" at the end of line and ending line that has "D \" at the end of line, I can use sed/awk/grep etc. So far i have tried following ...
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Find all lines between a line matching a pattern and a line matching another pattern

i want to start grepping from the lines that has "CK" at the end of line and stop grepping when the line has "D" at the end. I tried grep "$CK" "$D" file..txt , but it didnt work. Input: kkkkkkkkkkk ...
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How to write text into the first line of a file?

I've been looking around sed command to add text into a file in a specific line. This works to add text after line 1: sed '1 a\ But I want to add BEFORE line1. It would be: sed '0 a\ but I get ...
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Variable in sed

I have a file that contains filenames with absolute path. In the middle of that path, is a variable directory, whenever I hard code the variable part, it works fine, but when I replace it with the ...
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Remove lines that do not start with a pattern from a given set of patterns

I have a file that contains data like this: report aaaaaaaa - .. -th bbbbbbbbb -to ccccccccc .. --. Question: I want to remove any line that does not start with following strings : report ...
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replace text after match

aaaaaaaaa bbbbbbbbb -th ccccccccc_RD \ DDDDDDDD FFFFFFFF -th GGGGGGG_RD \ using sed/grep/awk etc, In the above text, if a line ends with "RD \" , replace "-th" with "-to" at the ...
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Using sed/awk to remove anything after first space

aaaaaaaa 09 bbbbbbbb 90 ccccccccccccccc 89 ddddd 09 Using sed/awk/replace, in the above text I want to remove anything that comes after the first space in each line. For example the output ...
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grep one line before the match plus the match

zzzzzzzzz aaaaaaaaa bbbbbbbbb & ccccccccc & ddddddddd hhhhhhhhh eeeeeeeee fffffffff & ggggggggg & in the above line, what i want is to grep/sed/awk (any method is fine) line that ...
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Insert a space before the first comma in a csv file

I have a huge CSV file which contains 100000 rows. However, I need to do some processing and so for that I need to have a single space before the first comma. My current data is something like below. ...
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How do I stop sed from adding extra newline characters

I am running the following 2 sed commands. The first one adds newline characters where I want them, the second also adds newline characters where I want them, BUT also adds an extra one at the end of ...
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Insert text in specific lines of a file?

How can insert some text in specific lines of a file? What is most simplest method that I can use? (bash, sed, awk?) What I want to do, might be simple, but I don't know where I should start. It's ...
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iterate through files ('for file in…) and also include sub directories?

I am using sed to do a bunch of changes to files. I think the question is relevant for any operation that want to iterate through files that match a pattern and include subdirectories both in the ...
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best programming language for I/O intensive tasks [closed]

I need to process "big data" (nearly 1TB which can be partitioned into smaller chunks). Consider several programming languages (Java, Python, C++, Perl) and other scripting options (Perl, awk, sed, ...
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Matching Five Columns in two Files using Awk

I have two Input files. File1: s2/80 20 . A T 86 F=5;U=4 s2/20 10 . G T 90 F=5;U=4 s2/90 60 . C G 30 ...
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Reverse a line in sed?

echo 1234 | sed ' /\n/ !G s/\(.\)\(.*\n\)/&\2\1/ //D s/.// ' I'm unable to comprehend the above sed code. my understanding is: PATTERN SPACE=1234 first ...
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Replace a pattern which ends at newline with the same pattern without the newline

I have a javascript file with two new lines after a particular word "[FACT]", I want to replace it with one newline. I need to do it in bash script. Normally, I would have used sed but it turns out ...
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Is strace a suitable tool for finding out where a program wrote to the filesystem?

I'd like to determine where a certain app (as an example, surf) writes to the filesystem in order to make sure it leaves no traces. Without a dedicated sandboxing system this probably isn't easy, but ...
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Using sed to extract text between 2 tags

I have a .xml file and I'm trying to do a "groupinstall" on a RHEL6 machine as there are several hundred libraries in that .xml file... (close to 16 000 lines). I'm therefore trying to extract the ...
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Using sed (?) to extract one instance of a string that is repeated in the original string

INPUT: <a href=FII/FOO./>FOO</a> OUTPUT: FOO Q: how can I replace the INPUT with the OUTPUT? The FII and "./>" is CONSTANT. The FOO could vary to any english letter and "-" and "." ...
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sed - remove unmatched “}”, “)” or ']" (only for the line in question)

I have a file with a lot of lines Some of the lines end in unmatched braces, i.e. "}" This is only true for lines that contain ".to" How can I remove the unmatched braces with sed for ALL lines ...
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using sed to replace pattern with hash values

I want to search the file and replace specific pattern with its hash (SHA1) values. For example, let file.txt has the following content: one S56G one two three four five V67X six and I want to ...
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sed - how to do several consecutive substitutions but process file only once?

If I am doing several substitutions which need to be consecutive, e.g. sed -i '/^[[:space:]]*browser.*\.should/s/browser/expect(browser/' t1_spec.rb sed -i ...
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sed - change lines that start with one given word and end with another?

For example, given: $ cat test001.txt this is a test bucket bucket line not this one. bucket lein endy bucket and others endy and a ttest How can I change the lines that start with "bucket" ...
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How to Prefix a column values with an apostrophe ( ' )?

I have a CSV file with multiple columns and 1000's of records, I need to prefix all the values of one of the columns (lets say 2nd column) with an apostrophe ' except in the first line or header line, ...
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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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Filter a .CSV file based on the 5th column values of a file and print those records into a new file

I have a .CSV file with the below format: "column 1","column 2","column 3","column 4","column 5","column 6","column 7","column 8","column 9","column 10 "12310","42324564756","a simple string with a , ...
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How to get multiple lines out of a file by a regex?

How to get multiple lines out of a file by a regex? I often would like to get multiple lines / modify multiple lines by a regex. A example case: I am trying to read part of an XML/SGML file (they ...
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Multi-line grep beween two tags, only show the last match

I'm having a program that intermingles data segments into log output: log message log message ----BEGIN INLINE DATA---- data data data -----END INLINE DATA----- log messge I'm looking for something ...
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Variable Substitution in sed [duplicate]

I have this script and I need to count the lines inside a file, then pass the number of lines counted to a for loop so that I can get the contents of each line and put it in a variable. My question ...
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Delete First line of a file

How can I delete the first line of a file and keep the changes? I tried this but it erases the whole content of the file. $sed 1d file.txt > file.txt
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Search in iptables.log file takes a long time

I have used iptables to save information about connections by modifying the /etc/syslog.conf file to save information in /var/log/iptables.log. So, every X hours, I need to extract information from ...
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How exactly do I create a sed script and use it to edit a file? [duplicate]

I know how to edit a file using sed one step at a time, but how would I create an actual sed script and then use it on the file to do the same things that the individual sed commands would do? For ...
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How would I use sed to detect a certain amount of numbers before it inserts a character? ###-###-####

I need to format phone numbers in a text file. They appear as (example) 8014516912 How would I format it so that I can insert a - after the first 3 numbers, and then another - after another 3 ...
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How would I use sed to insert a character at a certain character position on only ONE line?

I am aware that this will do what I want on all lines: sed 's/^\(.\{4\}\)/\1-/' textFile But how would I enter a - after the 4th character slot on ONLY the 5th line? Or even better, on a range of ...
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How can I get my sed command to make permanent changes to a file?

Is this possible? I read somewhere that the following command would do it: sed -e [command] [file] but it appeared to do the same thing as just sed [command] [file] (it did not save the ...
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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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Deleting Lines if there is a dot in the 5th Column

I have a file and I want to remove all the line if it has a dot in the 5th Column. Input File: sc2/80 20 . A C 80 PASS N=2 F=5;U=4 sc2/60 ...
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Removing text between two specific strings

I have a file as below: mime PI Name: ISHO SUCCESS RATE RT, Value: 95.663826 scr PI Name: RRC Access Failures due to UU, Value: 0.13394141 prog PI Name: RRC Access Failures due to UU, Value: ...