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Print more than one line from a text file

I am using the following code to print the second line from a file: sed '2q;d' file what can I add to this code so I can print two or more lines at once?
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How to delete html tags from a file using sed ?

I have a file that is mixed with both normal text I need and html-tags. I know that with REGEX it is possible to recognize html tags and with sed one can swap those for an empty string, but I do not ...
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How can I find and replace only if a match forms a whole word?

My script is: n="y" while [ "{n}" = "y" ] if [ $n == "n" ]; then break; fi echo "n is $n" do read -p "Enter the word to find = " word read -p "Enter word to replace = " replace ...
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extract blocks of text from xml file

I have a file with these contents: <People> <Person> <Name>Joe Blogs</Name> <Address>55 Oxford St</Address> ...lots of other properties ...
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How to insert a variable in a variable in a random place?

Q: How can I insert variable $b to a truly random place in variable $a? Example INPUT variable content: $ echo $a árvíztűrő tükörfúrógép $ echo $b ZZ OUTPUT $ ./somemagicscript.sh árvíztűrő ...
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How to “grep” for line length in a given range?

NOTE: This question is the complement of this Q&A: How to grep for lines shorter or longer than specific thresholds? I need to get only the lines from a textfile (a wordlist, separated with ...
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what are considered old and powerfull commands? [closed]

I came across the terms awk and sed, awk goes once through all lines and performs a task whenever a line meets a certain condition, sed can manipulate a stream of input before it goes further to the ...
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How to replace string with abc\\efg[255 with abc\\efg[23 using sed

I have a file and it has lines starting with abc. How can I replace the string abc\\efg[255 with abc\\efg[28 using sed?
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Regex for matchng anything between parenthesis

I have the following regex so far: printf "this is (test.com)\n" | grep -Po '(?<=\().*(?=\))' The above regex will print the desired output, which is test.com As far as I am adding new ...
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how can I add an extra character after a word search [closed]

I have the following field names demelog voyapro naisjdf naismc decoide decoccm travide travccm equiccm mariccm Below is a sample of my file. There are more columns before the first fck=83... ...
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Using `sed` in Android without `g` modifier?

I have Stericson busy box installed in my rooted Nexus 10. I wanted to replace the first instance of </verse-sub-section> with </section> in the file here: <section>Psalm ...
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Can tr commands be chained to avoid multiple tr processes in a pipeline?

I have a bunch of txt files, I'd like to output them lower-cased, only alphabetic and one word-per line, I can do it with several tr commands in a pipeline like this: tr -d '[:punct:]' ...
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how to print the closest column when looking for a specific strings

I have a file with around 12 000 lines. ...
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how to keep the spaces when inserting line to parameter [duplicate]

When I want to see for example the line number 2 , from the CSV file I get the following line example1 LINE_NUM=2 # sed -n "${LINE_NUM}p" file.csv cwdfwefwe,"aaaaa ","\dsw\dawd\aw ...
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How to highlight given string in given place?

How can we modify this: <a href="http://foo.bar1">asfdlksafbar1qsasadf</a><br> <a href="http://foo.bar2">svasfbar2saldkfj</a><br> <a ...
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How do I replace a string with dollar sign in sed?

I want to replace this string: export TODO_FILE="$TODO_DIR/todo.txt with: export TODO_FILE="$TODO_DIR/writing.txt" in the file ~/.todo/config. I've run it with: sed -i 's/export ...
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sed regex not working for hidden characters

I have a list that has for some reason got some non alphanumeric characters appended to the end. I would have thought it would be a simple case of running : sed 's/[^A-Za-z0-9]$//' To replace ...
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create XML file using bash script

I want create simple xml file using bash script ( not with dom ) but when I set value in the line then echo print the $lorem word and not the val lorem=LOL echo '<root><foo ...
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Reading a string till a key word and replacing from there with another string

I am new to UNIX and am practising shell scripting. I have an application where I need string searching and replacement. There are some lines in a file 1 and file 2. I have a search key word. If the ...
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Using sed to remove digit separation commas enclosed in quotes and quotes itself from CSV? [duplicate]

How can I can use sed to remove from before-last column the group digit char comma and quotes itself? Please note that in the sample below the target column is not contained in double quotes. ...
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grep (/sed/awk) month range

I've looked around for solutions to this, but it's sort of difficult to search for the solution to such a specific problem (lot of words to put in Google). So, I have a file with data that looks like ...
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How do I have sed only perform actions on the first match?

I have a bash script that extracts headers from the MIME Source of an email. The idea is that I only want to capture the headers of the message nothing else. It's not quite working right though. I ...
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Bash - Convert escape character colored text to BBCode

I want to convert a terminal escape-character colored text file to BBCode colored text. For this i've created an Android logfile with logcat -Cd > /sdcard/logcat.txt. The -C switch adds the color ...
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sed won't expand my BASH variable in script

I have this script, which will prompt for the relative or absolute path to the file and then swap whitespaces ' ' with '\ ' which works in Linux console. Substitution is done using the first sed ...
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sed to replace with backspace

I have trail.txt, which contains spice netlist. Now I want to replace all expanded parameters to one line only i.e. remove + and append that line to previous line. trail.txt data + net06706 ...
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Coordinates X237595Y81600 to X2375Y8160

I have create a gerber file and it has lines inside which look like this: X90095Y15350 X100095Y15350 X110095Y15350 X120095Y15350 X120095Y25350 X110095Y25350 X100095Y25350 X90095Y25350 X80095Y25350 ...
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Sed with angle brackets

This works sed 's/[[:space:]]*<default>false/XXX/' Why does prepending a > make it fail sed 's/>[[:space:]]*<default>false/XXX/' escaping the > does not help either. In ...
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sed to replace a word from a file with the contents of another file? [duplicate]

I have two files file1 & file2. Contents of file1: Text1 Text2 Text3 Contents of file2: Sample1 Sample2 Sample3 I would like to replace the word Text1 from file1 with the contents of ...
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How to add the content of a text file to the middle of another text file

I tried to use sed, but I realized that it doesn't allow to charge a complete file. I am looking for a quick and neat way to: a.txt a b c b.txt d e f And obtain c.txt a d e f b c
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Generate Sequence number for each line at the end .. modified t he post can someone help&suggest on this

I am new to linux I have got this query sed '/./=' abc.txt| sed '/./N; s/\n/, /' >> as.dat source file has 3 rows like below a b c When use the following command it gives me result like ...
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sed command inside sed

Is it possible to run sed command inside sed, something like this: sed -i.bak -e '${sed -n 1,1p file.txt},$d' output.file I want first line of file.txt which is number to be input parameter for ...
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regex find replace strings starting or beginning with backslash

I have a compilation album in my music library that has song titles in the form of ARTIST/ TITLE, which is making it really difficult to cp or mv these files because of the slash. So I'd like to ...
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Append and write out variable-named file from list of variables

I would like to create multiple 'wget' shell scripts to download a batch of considerably large (~3GB) files using our HPC cluster. The names of the files are stored in filenames.txt, like so: $cat ...
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sed: read whole file into pattern space without failing on single-line input

Reading a whole file into pattern space is useful for substituting newlines, &c. and there are many instances advising the following: sed ':a;N;$!ba; [commands...]' However, it fails if the ...
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Capture in shell variables the arguments after a command (between brackets)

Suppose I have a file that contains, among many other things, \command{arg1,arg2,arg3} (arguments been paths, expressed with /, ., characters and numbers) But that a user can as well call it ...
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Find the line number which contains the pattern using custom regex delimiter

As in example I'm trying to get line numbers which contains the pattern. My pattern contains slashes so I wanted to add custom delimiter. This simple one works: sed -n '/file/=' temp.txt Using ...
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split line based on space and delete the second part

I have a big file >fid|29290408|locus|VBIEntCas2262_0001| Phosphoglycolate phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.18) [Enterococcus casseliflavus EC20] ...
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Copy the first 2 lines from a file and then remove the lines

I need to process a file using a shell script. The file arrives with the data as well as some embedded information releavant to how it is processed. The file is in the following format; ...
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How to replace only the Nth occurrence of a pattern in a file?

How to replace the third occurrence of the string in the file using sed command. Example: Change only the third occurrence of is to us in the file. My input file contains: hai this is linux. hai ...
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Why does regex with \\$\{ work with egrep, but not with sed?

Given a text like this ./RFF_09 -f${FILE} -c${COND} inside a file, this egrep command will correctly match: egrep './RFF(.*) (.*)-c\\$\{COND\}' file but this sed command will not sed -n ...
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can we print the last word of each line in linux using sed command?

suppose , if there is a file consisting of following lines , if they are 12345 567 7878 66 er3 t45t y6y46y 4y6 y656y y5y 46y6 65y7 y66uyuy yy46y6y The output has to look like: 66 ...
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Adding text to beginning of text file

I am trying to add a line of text to the beginning of a text file (Actually not text, but just two backslashes). I am trying the following, which I found in this answer: Add lines to the beginning and ...
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Insert space at specified position in a file

I have this sample file: 234234|111||J1X0H8|SERP||R|D|666|M 234235|222||J1X0N5|SERP||C||555|M For each line, I need to insert a space after the 3rd character of the 4th column, like so: ...
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How to convert Log file to CSV using bash

Is it possible to turn this log entry into a properly formatted csv file using sed/awk? I've tried multiple ways to do this using sed/awk. Alas I couldn't do it. Before I do it in perl. is this ...
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Removing mulitple lines

I am trying to write up a command line interfaces that will removes a particular section / lines of codes within a list of json files. By the way, the json file are located within the sub-folders of ...
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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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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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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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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 ...