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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Replace or append a line with string within a file

I am looking for advice on how to search a part of a string within a file and replace the complete line OR append that string to that file if not found. I "played" with sed for a while now, but ...
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how to rename multiple files by replacing string in file name? this string contains a “#”

How to replace a text string in multiple files in Linux How to rename multiple files by replacing word in file name? Replace string in files with certain file extension Searching a number of files ...
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Search for a string and print everything before and after within a range

I have this file: sometext1{ string1 } sometext2{ string2 string3 } sometext3{ string4 string5 string6 } I want to search this file for a specific string and print everything before this string ...
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Increment numeric pattern in file

I have a File that contains only the following line: BOF (REF-REQ0001 SW_requirement) EOF I need to generate a second file that would contain the following: BOF (REF-REQ0001 SW_requirement) ...
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Remove a character between 2 known strings

I have a data set like below: \"XXX \ START sapiodj \\" aj \d 2387 END hddo\" START bbcc \\" END ss My Requirement: I want to remove all occurrences of backslash\ and double quotes " between ...
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Take the unknown contents of variable as literal in sed [duplicate]

I have two files: a.patterns contains patterns in a one per line way "`" "^" "<" "<(" "<)" "<[" "=" ">" "_;|^+*+?@" and b.data contains comma separated values. 1,1,0,"*",1 ...
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tab separation of the file

I have a file with seq likes this ATCGTTTCTCAGCCTTTTGGCAAGACCAAGTGTAGTATCTGTTCTTATCAGATATTGGTATCTGCAGGCACTCCTGGAACCAAT ...
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Replace uppercase to lowercase except first letter of each word in specific line

I want to replace names that I received in uppercase letters only. The names are mixed with other information which should stay as it is. AUTH: at the beginning of the line identifies it as a line ...
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sed with multiple expression for in-place arguement

I am trying to replace multiple words in file by using sed -i #expression1 #expression2 file Something 123 item1 Something 456 item2 Something 768 item3 Something 353 item4 Output (Desired) ...
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Extract multiple instances of text between two strings [closed]

I'd like to extract text between two strings in a text file that contains Spotify chart results Text file extract: ...
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Need to swap the -(minus) sign for only numbers and not text for a given row

I have a input in which delimeter is <;| like given below:- 1-<;|3-Text <;|3.13-<;|0.28-<;|9 0.12-<;|2-Text <;|3.99-<;|4.11-<;|6 0.13-<;|3-Text ...
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sed repeating the last line in the stream

I have code in a script similar to this... smbconffile="/etc/samba/smb.conf" sed -i 's/.*[\[CMI\]]/\[CMI\$\]/' $smbconffile && echo "Success" || "Failed" sed -i 's/.*[\[LOCAL\]]/\[LOCAL\$\]/' ...
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replacing some text in square brakets in bash

I have this string that I get from running jack_lsp. a2j:Arturia BeatStep [28] (capture): Arturia BeatStep MIDI 1 in a xml file, I save the connections state from a previous jack session. ...
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How to create a file name for the pipeline to delete all files?

So I want to delete all files in my current directory using the following pipeline: ls | sed -rn 's/(.*)\.jpg$/mv -n & \1.jpeg/pi' | sh How to create a file, named so that running the above ...
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Replace %20 with a space in filenames? [duplicate]

I have a list of files that are using %20 to indicate a space in their names. I'm currently trying to do the following to change them all from %20 to a space " ". for x in *.txt do mv $x $(echo $x ...
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comparing 2 lists with additional data to be printed

I have a file lets say file1.txt ENSG00000223116 AL157931.1 ENSG00000233440 HMGA1P6 ENSG00000207157 RNY3P4 ENSG00000229483 LINC00362 ENSG00000252952 RNU6-58P I have another file say ...
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Parse command output [duplicate]

I want to only get the value associated to "cached" column of the free -m command. What is the most efficient way to achieve it? Something with sed or awk?
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Erasing in stdin all instances of regexes defined in a file

I am after something like a combination of sed 's/pattern//g' and grep -f patternfile.txt. Basically I would like the input stream to be stripped of all instances of the regex patterns defined in ...
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Replace a string and replace it with a part of itself

I am cleaning up my data that is stored in text files. Each line starts with a category label followed by the actual data that I want to clean up. There are many text files in different subfolders, so ...
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Removing contents from a file

I have a file like this >gene1*ENSG24 CTTGGGGGGCTGGGGGCCAGGTGAAAGGGAAATGGAGGGCAGCACCCGCG AGCCCTCATTGCCTATAGTGGTTTCCATGGCGATCATGTAAGAGTCAATG TCGTCATTGGCAAAGTCGTCCGGGTGGGGTGTGCTGTAGGCAGAATCGGA ...
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Insert text from file inline after matching pattern in another file

I'm trying to take the contents of a file and insert it after a matching pattern in another file using sed. My question is very similar to this question, but I wish to insert the contents of a file ...
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How do I efficiently select specific line numbers from a list of records?

I want to take a list of numbers representing line numbers of a source file I want to filter and filter those lines from the source file. How I can build a unix pipeline to extract these lines from ...
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Insert missing data within blocks

I`m a biologist and I am trying to solve this problem, please guide me on where to start. I do not know which forum to post this in, please let me know if this place is not appropriate. I have blocks ...
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Remove escape characters using sed

I have input coming from pipe which contains special escape characters. For illustration, the stream looks like this: printf "foo.bar\033[00m" > file cat file How can I remove the trailing ...
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How to get portion of lines from all .txt files in a directory?

I have 5,000 text files of journal article citations. I am trying to extract only the abstract portion. Meaning that I want to keep the same text document and delete all the other text except for ...
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“parentheses not balanced” even though I escaped it?

Im trying to run this simple sed command sed '/VALUES\ \([0-9]/d!' It still gives me an error saying "RE error: parentheses not balanced" (yes the quotes are there). What can I do? I mean I could ...
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substitute complex text string in several files that contains special characters

I need to replace a complex string in several files in a directory. The string that needs replaced is: ...
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how to move a header to the last column, using awk or sed

how to move a header to the last column, using awk or sed input file look like this: Line 1.000N x y z 23.88 44.66 56.6 23.81 41.66 53.6 Line 81.000N x y z 13.88 34.66 56.6 13.81 ...
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Strip the file base name, keep the directory part

I have a string which looks something like this dir/subdir/othersubdir/file.txt But it can also look like dir/file.txt or dir/subdir/file.txt Now, I am making a script where $P is the full ...
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sed: append line and number output

In Linux, say one wants to add the following line before line number five (thus line nuber 5 becomes line number 6) and wants to have all the lines in the output numbered throught the sed 'tool' = ...
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Convert file contents to lower case

I have temp file with some lower-case and upper-case contents. Input Contents of my temp file: hi Jigar GANDHI jiga I want to convert all upper to lower. Command I tried the following command: ...
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Splitting a string up to a specific location

I have a question and wondering how to address it with sed? How does one cut a variable up to a specific location, in my case _g? Example variable="This_is_good_g0r0s0_continues" I need to cut ...
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Combine output from df -h /dev/xvda1 into a single line

I want to convert the 2 line output from df -h into a single, meaningful line i.e. Take [root@ip-10-42-1-246 tmp]# df -h /dev/xvda1 Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda1 ...
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Sed: modify every non-first word repetition for every word in text

Can you help me to do something like that using sed? qq ab xyz ab qq aa ab Becomes: qq ab xyz +ab+ +qq+ aa +ab+
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problem with grep -f list of pattern

After searching, reading and trying possible solutions for much about grep lines with the list of patterns, hence I am writing. It is I know a very basic and have been attended in many forums. But I ...