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How can I replace a string in a file(s)?

Replacing strings in files based on certain search criteria is a very common task. How can I replace string foo with bar in all files in the current directory? do the same recursively for sub ...
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How to ensure that string interpolated into `sed` substitution escapes all metachars

I have a script that reads a text stream and generates a file of sed commands that is later run with sed -f. The generated sed commands are like: ...
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Extracting a regex matched with 'sed' without printing the surrounding characters

To all the 'sed' doctors out there: I have a seemingly trivial 'sed' question to which I have not been able to find a solution. How can you get 'sed' to exctract a regular expression it has matched ...
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How can I prepend a tag to the beginning of several files?

I need to add PHP tags surrounding a file. It's easy to append them using find . -exec echo "?>" >> '{}' \; but how can I prepend the tag <?php?
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Remove comma between the quotes only in a comma delimited file

I have a input file delimited with commas (,). There are some fields enclosed in double quotes that are having a comma in them. Here is the sample row 123,"ABC, DEV 23",345,534.202,NAME I need to ...
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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 to manipulate a CSV file with sed or awk?

How can I do the following to a CSV file using sed or awk? Delete a column Duplicate a column Move a column I have a big table with over 200 rows, and I'm not that familiar with sed.
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Replace string with contents of a file using sed

I have two different files: File1 /home/user1/ /home/user2/bin /home/user1/a/b/c File2 <TEXT1> <TEXT2> I want to replace the <TEXT1> of File2 with the contents of File1 ...
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Text between two tags

I wanna retrieve whatever is between these two tags – <tr> </tr> – from an html doc. Now I don't have any specific html requirements that would warrant for an html parser. I just plain ...
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sed one-liner to delete everything between a pair of brackets?

I am working with some text that is full of stuff between brackets [] that I don't want. Since I can delete the brackets myself, I don't need the one-liner to do that for me, but I do need a one-liner ...
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How can I use sed to replace a multi-line string?

I've noticed that, if I add \n to a patter for a substitute using sed, it does not match. Example: $ cat > alpha.txt This is a test Please do not be alarmed $ sed -i'.original' 's/a test\nPlease ...
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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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Can sed replace new line characters?

Is there an issue with sed and new line character? I have a file test.txt with the following contents aaaaa bbbbb ccccc ddddd The following does not work: sed -r -i 's/\n/,/g' test.txt ...
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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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Using a reference to a bash string variable in sed

I'm a relative Linux novice. Suppose that I have a text file a.txt that contains the following text: A B C Now, if I want to change the text on line 2 (which contains B), I can use the following ...
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What characters do I need to escape when using sed in a sh script?

Take the following script: #!/bin/sh sed 's/(127\.0\.1\.1)\s/\1/' [some file] If I try to run this in sh (dash here), it'll fail because of the parentheses, which need to be escaped. But I don't ...
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SED: insert something to the last line?

The command inserts a tag to the beginning of a file: sed -i "1s/^/<?php /" file How can I insert something to the end of each file with SED?
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How to achieve portability with sed -i (in-place editing)?

I'm writing shell scripts for my server, which is a shared hosting running FreeBSD. I also want to be able to test them locally, on my PC running Linux. Hence, I'm trying to write them in a portable ...
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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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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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Comparing two files using Unix and Awk

I need to compare two files, File1 and File2 (Separated by space) using 4 fields (Field 1, 2, 4 and 5 of File 1 with field1, 2, 4 and 5 of File2). Logic: If column 1, 2 and 4 of File 1 matches with ...
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How to nest global matches with sed?

If I do: sed 's/match/replace/g' I know that sed will substitute replace for every occurrence of match on a line. But what if...? echo "match <please dont match this?>" | sed ...
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Why does sed act differently depending on the output file?

If I run: cat messages.txt | sed -e 's/a/a/g' > messages.txt on one large file (2500+ lines) I find that the resulting file will only have about 900 lines after the command in cygwin and will ...
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Search and Replace question

I need to find all occurrences of AAsomeArbitraryStringBB and replace it with CCsomeArbitraryStringDD. So AAHelloBB Text AAByeByeBB becomes CCHelloDD Text CCByeByeDD. It's important to note ...
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Return only the portion of a line after a matching pattern

So pulling open a file with cat and then using grep to get matching lines only gets me so far when I am working with the particular log set that I am dealing with. It need a way to match lines to a ...
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Remove line containing certain string and the following line

I use this cat foo.txt | sed '/bar/d' to remove lines containing the string 'bar' in the file. I would like however to remove those lines and the line directly after it. Preferably in sed, awk or ...
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Differences between sed on Mac OSX and other “standard” sed?

I am having some issues in using an answer provided on this site for this question about a sed command to replace a blank line with two other lines of content, and it was brought up if the sed command ...
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Repeat each line multiple times

Would like to have each line in a file repeated a fixed number of times. e.g. have each line repeated four times: a b c becomes: a a a a b b b b c c c c I've done some searching, and there are ...
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Replacing Multiple blank lines with a single blank line in vim / sed

Question more or less says it all. I'm aware that /^$/d will remove all blank lines, but I can't see how to say 'replace two or more blank lines with a single blank line' Any ideas?
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Remove only the commas present within the double quotes

In a text file, I want to remove , (commas) and also the " (quotes) (only if the double quotes contains numbers seperated by commas). 56,72,"12,34,54",x,y,"foo,a,b,bar" Expected ouput ...
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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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Can the string “abcedf” be matched to string “bafcde” in a single line command?

I am planning to implement an indexing structure in my program. For example, if I have 100 rows in the table, I will number these rows from 1 to 100 in another column by appending an _ to the end of ...
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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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Sed: replacing digits

I am trying to write some install scripts for when I install/upgrade Ubuntu. I'm having trouble with fixing logrotate.d: /var/log/ufw.log { rotate 7 weekly missingok notifempty compress delaycompress ...
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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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regarding portable sed -e… d b or ! b?

In this edit Stéphane Chazelas POSIXifies (again) my sed formatting by inserting an -expression break and another -expression statement. Now, I might just ask him why in the comments, I suppose, but ...
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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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Delete the matching line and several more from a file

I have a text file called file_a.txt. My first command is grep -A 12 ".production =" file_a.txt The output is a few block. Each block of string contains 13 rows I specifically want to delete all ...
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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 delete all text between curly brackets in a multiline text file?

Example: This is { the multiline text file } that wants { to be changed } anyway. Should become: This is that wants anyway. I have found some similar threads in the forum, but they don't seem ...
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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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Insert a multiline string into another string

I need to insert lines into an xml file : Insert <one> </one> into <tags> </tags> To obtain <tags> <one> </one> </tags> I tried this: ...
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new pattern required from an input file using sed or awk

I have data as below: MGW: VMG110 836-16 836-18 836-19 336-20 836-23 MGW: VMG120 3802-1 3802-2 3802-3 3456-1 3456-4 Required output is: VMG110:836-16&-18&&-20&-23 ...
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How can I replace text after a specific word using sed?

I have a file named .ignore. In need to replace the projdir. For example: ignore \..* ignore README projdir Snake I need to replace Snake with, for example, "PacMan". I read the man page, but I ...
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Replace specified character between two strings?

i have something to accomplish. i need to replace all occurrence of & inside or between <ex> </ex> to #. actual example below: a & b & c <ex> a & b & c ...
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How can I use variables when doing a sed?

I want to do: cat update_via_sed.sh | sed 's/old_name/new_name/' > new_update_via_sed.sh in my program. But I want to use variables, e.g. old_run='old_name_952' new_run='old_name_953' I have ...
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Replace text between brackets

I'm using awk '{ gsub(/BAR|WIBBLE/, "FOO"); print }' to replace text in data like: SOMETHING [BAR, WIBBLE] SOMETHING [BAR] This gives the desired result of: SOMETHING [FOO, FOO] SOMETHING [FOO] ...
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How to delete specific lines within a certain area?

I want to delete some specific lines in the YAML front matter: --- Author: aaaa Title: bbbb Time: cccc Place: dddd ... Lets say I wanted to delete only the lines in the front matter that contained ...
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Is there a basic tutorial for grep, awk and sed? [closed]

I've been a Linux user for a while, and I've a pretty decent understanding of most the common command line utilities. However, ones that come up and up again in relation to programming are grep, awk, ...
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Reverse grepping

Let's say, I have a really big text file (about 10.000.000 lines). I need to grep it from the end and save result to a file. What's the most efficient way to accomplish task?