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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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sed: delete all occurrences of a string except the first one

I have a logfile with timestamps in it. Occasionally there are multiple timestamps in one line. Now I would like to remove all of the timestamps from a line but keep the first one. I can do ...
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Transpose a file, and replace missing values

I have Readings for Names, from Machines and sometimes these readings are replicated. Where a reading was not found, it is left as blank. Name Instrument Rep R1 R2 R3 N1 I1 1 1 2 3 N2 I1 1 1 3 4 ...
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Increment numbers inside strings by an offset

I want to search a text file for strings like these. [task0] [task1] ... [task1613] and increment each by a given offset, in this case by 3640. So, with the example I gave above, I'd get the ...
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Sed not working as intended

I would like to use this script with the intention of replacing all instances of the letter Q within a file with the contents of the file "question.txt". Instead what happens is that all the instances ...
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How can I groups numbers in a file

I have a file with numbers in float format. I can review them via sort -rn numbers.txt | less I would like though to be able to "group" them. I.e. easily see how many are in the same range. To give an ...
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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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Replace “o” with “0” in large wordlist and save the original word?

I have a large text file with words. Every word is on a single line (typical wordlist). I want to replace all characters "o" with the number "0" in every word, and the new formed word to be pasted on ...
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removing the first and the last character of every line from command line

I am trying to remove the first and the last characters of everyline in a text file and save the resulting truncated version in a new file. Does anyone have an idea about how to do that efficiently ...
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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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How do I delete all lines with “.png” in a file?

I've a list of urls of which some point to images: http://s.thebrighttag.com/iframe?c=A5lqOqP ...
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How to change a set of characters between delimiters for exact line?

I am trying to write a script for changing user password in dovecot user database and I can't understand how to replace a set of characters between delimiters for exact lines with sed. Please check ...
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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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Need some sed magic: Moving marked lines to the beginning of a file

I find myself in dire need of some sed magic (I really need to sit myself down and learn this). I have a file with lots of lines. After reviewing it, I've marked some lines by adding a star (*) to ...
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What does <<< mean? [duplicate]

What does <<< mean? Here is an example: $ sed 's/a/b/g' <<< "aaa" bbb Is it something general that works with more Linux commands? It looks like it's feeding the sed program with ...
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Match two words that is on the same line

The command that I have prints out two of the lines whenever FW_6.0.0 is found, below is the code: grep -oP 'FW_6.0.0, (.*)$' file Below is the output, both has the same value of FW_6.0.0 ...
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How to use Sed to replace all characters before colon?

How do I replace the following string hd_ma_prod_customer_ro:*:123456789:john.doe with john.doe Basically I need to look for the last colon (:) and delete everything before and including it.
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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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Only show the lines that are in all textfiles at least once

a.txt cat a.txt a b x c b.txt cat b.txt d e a f the q: SOMEMAGICK *.txt a Q: how can I show only the lines that are in all *.txt files?
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Show lines matching a pattern and the 4 lines before each

For example, from this file: CREATE SYNONYM I801XS07 FOR I8010.I801XT07 * ERROR at line 1: ORA-00955: name is already used by an existing object CREATE SYNONYM I801XS07 FOR ...
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Inserting text at the beginning of a file with sed via the terminal in Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prepend a tag to the beginning of several files? How do I insert text at the beginning of a file via terminal?
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How to get lines 10 to 100 from a 200 line file into a new file [duplicate]

I have file with 200 lines. I need to extract lines from 10 to 100 and put them into a new file. How do you do this in unix/Linux? What are the possible commands you could use?
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Print line after nth occurrence of a match

I am looking to display the line 4598 in the following file. Effectively I want to display the line AFTER the nth occurrence of a match. In this case, the line after the 3rd occurrence of <Car>. ...
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Using sed to find and replace complex string (preferrably with regex)

I have a file with the following contents: <username><![CDATA[name]]></username> <password><![CDATA[password]]></password> ...
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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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Append line to many files

I want to add some text to over 200,000 files I am trying this find . -name *.txt -print | xargs -I % echo "hello world" >> % But nothing is happening. When i run find . -name *.txt it work ...
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How do I populate end tags using sed, awk or any other command?

I have a txt file that looks like this: <sss>ss< or <firstword>anotherword< I want it to look like this <sss>ss</sss> or ...
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Regex alternation/or operator (foo|bar) in GNU or BSD Sed

I cannot seem to make it work. GNU sed documentation says to escape the pipe, but that doesn't work, nor does using a straight pipe without the escape. Adding parens makes no difference. $ echo ...
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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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sed: match two lines

I have a text file, where records are split on two lines. I would like to put them on one line. The records look something like this: 2013-07-29 apt-get install git 2013-07-29 apt-get install rsync ...
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Why do I need to escape regex characters in sed to be interpreted as regex characters?

It seems e.g. cat sed_data.txt | sed 's/\b[0-9]\{3\}\b/NUMBER/g' that I must escape characters to form a regular expression. In this case I had to escape braces in order to be interpreted as a number ...
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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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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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Sed — Replace first k instances of a word in the file

I want to replace only the first k instances of a word. How can I do this? Eg. Say file foo.txt contains 100 instances occurrences of word 'linux' . I need to replace first 50 occurrences only.
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Why does this add spaces? echo “x ax” | sed 's/x\s*/x /'

I want to find a x, and replace the 0 or more following spaces (\s*) with just a single space. echo "x ax" | sed 's/x\s*/x /' For some reason, instead of replacing the spaces with the single space, ...
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How to search and replace multiple needles by one word via one expression?

Assume you have a text file: foo fnord bar bizz foo poit And now I would want to replace both "foo" and "bar" into "narf". I know I could use: sed -e 's/foo/narf/g' -e 's/bar/narf/g' fileName ...
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Show only text between 2 matching pattern

I'm going to submit form using cURL, where some of the contents is come from other file, selected using sed If param1 is line matching pattern from other file using sed, below command will works ...
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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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extract lines according to a particular column

I have a CSV file like CK,ck XYZ,xyz,xyzs ABC,abc,abcs PQR,pqr,pqrs LMN,lmn, IJK,ijk, I have to check if something is written in column 3 except whitespace, then display the whole line.the output ...
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How to only output lines that are younger than 3 months?

cat a.txt 1387111124 ./asfjlasdf.txt 1348681215 ./akdfyxcv.txt So I need this: cat a.txt | SOMEMAGIC 1387111124 ./asfjlasdf.txt The output should only have the lines that are younger than 3 ...
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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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Working with columns - awk and sed

I am trying to parse a text file that is generated by an expec script that pulls down some information from a switch. Here is a sample output: 192 0000.0000.0000 1/g23 Dynamic ...
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How can I convert tab delimited data to comma delimited data?

I'm requesting a list of ec2 snapshots via amazon's ec2 command line tool: ec2-describe-snapshots -H --hide-tags > snapshots.csv The data looks something like this: SnapshotId VolumeId ...
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Remove duplicate lines while keeping the order of the lines

[root@server]# awk '!seen[$0]++' out.txt > cleaned awk: (FILENAME=out.txt FNR=8547098) fatal error: internal error Aborted [root@server]# The ""server"" has: 8 GByte RAM + 16 GByte SWAP, x>300 ...
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Get last part of string after hyphen

Is there a simple command line to extract the last part of a string separated by hyphens? E.g., I want to extract 123 from foo-bar-123.
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How can I replace a newline with sed?

I've got text with whitespace (including a newline) that I need to replace. I'd like to use sed, but AIX doesn't seem to support the answers to sed newline questions I found. The version of bash I'm ...
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sed to search for multiple words and remove those lines

I have a master file with more than 50000 lines and my requirement is to remove around 20000 lines from actual file, for this I used grep -vE command which is showing an error as too many arguments. ...
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Frequency of words in non-English language text: how can I merge singular and plural forms etc.?

I'm sorting French language words in some text files according to frequency with a focus on insight rather than statistical significance. The challenge is about preserving accented characters and ...
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Search and replace strings that are not substrings of other strings

I have a list of replacements like so: search_and -> replace big_boy -> bb little_boy -> lb good_dog -> gd ... I need to make replacements for the above, but at the same time avoid ...
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Extracting text using sed does not work as expected [duplicate]

I am just starting out using sed and I intend to use it to extract IP addresses from ping output. Here's what I am trying to achieve exactly: input text: ytmti (192.188.2.3) jjggy desired ...