Manipulation of text by programs, scripts, etc.

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Finding text between two specific characters or strings

Say I have lines like this: *[234]* *[23]* *[1453]* where * represents any string (except a string of the form [number]). How can I parse these lines with a command line utility and extract the ...
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How do I append text to the beginning and end of multiple text files in Bash?

I have a directory full of text files. My goal is to append text to the beginning and end of all of them. The text that goes at the beginning and end is the same for each file. Based on code I got ...
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Combining 2 different cut outputs in a single command?

I have a file such as the following: 1234 ABCD EFGH I'd like to convert it to the following: 2341 BCDA FGHE The actual file has 4,000 words, so I would like to do this in an efficient manner. I ...
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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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Is there a tool that combines zcat and cat transparently?

When handling log files, some end up as gzipped files thanks to logrotate and others not. So when you try something like this: $ zcat * you end up with a command line like zcat xyz.log xyz.log.1 ...
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How to cut part from log file?

I have an 8 Gb log file (Rails production log). I need to cut it between some dates (lines). Which command could I use to do this?
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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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How do I find the overlap of two strings in bash? [closed]

I have two strings. For the sake of the example they are set like this: string1="test toast" string2="test test" What I want is to find the overlap starting at the beginning of the strings. With ...
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Parsing XML's , JSON's and newer data file formats in UNIX using command line utilities

Unix environment has some excellent tools for parsing text in various forms. However off late the data is not in the regular set of formats(CSV,TSV,Record based or some other delimiter based) it used ...
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Joining two files with unique identifier

I have two files with approximately 12900 and 4400 entries respectively, that I want to join. The files contain location information for all landbased weather observing stations around the globe. The ...
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How to write this pseudocode where condition

This question is extension of this question about listing questions of directories. I get a problem that I need to understand the original section of the text. Current output where you see the ...
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/usr/bin/ptx: Can you provide a use case or two?

I was going through the list of files included in coreutils and I was able to come up with an example of how I could personally use all of the commands provided except for ptx. Can you give one or two ...
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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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How can I delete all text between nested curly brackets in a multiline text file?

This question comes from How can I delete all text between curly brackets in a multiline text file? (just the same, but without the requirements for nesting). Example: This is { {the multiline ...
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`highlight` command

Is there a command which can be used to easily highlight (with colors, bold text or inverted back-/foreground) specific strings in stdin while passing the entire string to stdout? I'm thinking of ...
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What's the best way to take a segment out of a text file?

What's a good way of extracting say, lines 20 -45 out of a huge text file. Non-interactively of course!
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Sort fields inline

I'm trying to sort within a line of input over an unknown number of fields: Input: ab bc bc ab cd ef bc bc cd ef cd bc ab ef ab bc cd gh Output: ab bc ab bc bc cd ef bc cd ef ab cb cd ab bc cd ...
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Concatenate multiple files with same header

I have multiple files with the same header and different vectors below that. I need to concatenate all of them but I want only the header of first file to be concatenated and I don't want other ...
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How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany?

How does one find and replace text in all open files with geany?
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How to align fstab entries easily

Editing /etc/fstab with my text editor makes all the spacing go out of alignment. I could go through the file and insert/delete spaces to line everything up, but I'm looking for a more automated ...
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What is the difference between > and >> (especially as it relates to use with the cat program)?

Suppose that I have a file called temp.txt. Using the cat program, I would like to add the contents of this file to the end of myfile.txt -- creating myfile.txt if it does not exist and appending to ...
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Why isn't this awk command doing a full outer join?

Objective: Merge the contents of two files using common key present in the files file1.txt ========= key1 11 key2 12 key3 13 file2.txt ========= key2 22 key3 23 key4 24 key5 ...
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how to create a data file with a column of date from day1 to dayN?

I was wondering if I could generate a hourly or daily time step date in a column starting from some year in the past to some day in the near past or today. to be more clear, I want to create one ...
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put data in columns

I am trying to put this output in columns can anyone help? Routeur 2 ==> 89.89.156.112 If_Name :vRtrIfName.1.1 :vRtrIfName.1.2 Routeur 2 ==> 89.89.156.112 If_index 546 789 Routeur 2 ==> ...
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wc -L reports a line-length of 8 for a tab-char. bug or feature?

-L is a useful feature of wc, or so I thought. It prints the length of the longest line. For some reason it expands a single-byte tab-char to a length of 8. Is there some way to set this to not ...
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sort every field numerically, varying field counts

I'm trying to sort some data using sort. I noticed it was sorting by digit rather than number, so I added the -n flag. It then seemingly only numerically sorts on the first field though. Breaking it ...
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How to use regex with AWK for string replacement?

Suppose there is some text from a file: (bookmarks ("Chapter 1 Introduction 1" "#1" ("1.1 Problem Statement and Basic Definitions 23" "#2") ("Exercises 31" "#30") ("Notes and References 42" "#34")) ) ...
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grep surrounding characters of a match

I'm looking to do a find and replace within a giant database dump, and it's not doing what I think should happen. I'd like to grep for my target string in the file, and then see the surrounding 8 ...
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What command(s) will feed a tab-delimited text file and cut each line to 80 characters?

I've got multiple-line text files of (sometimes) tab-delimited data. I'd like to output the file so I can glance over it - so I'd like to only see the first 80 characters of each line (I designed the ...
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Split long output into two columns

Is there a simple utility or script to columnate the output from one of my scripts? I have data in some form: A aldkhasdfljhaf B klajsdfhalsdfh C salkjsdjkladdag D lseuiorlhisnflkc E sdjklfhnslkdfhn ...
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Split file into multiple small files, separate by the newline symbol

Is there a utility that split file by newline symbol? e.g if a file contains the following lines, aa bbb cccc If I want to split it to 3 files, the desired output would be: aa, bbb And cccc (in 3 ...
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tac command's option creates strange output [comprehension question]

Say I have this file, containing nothing but a b c b a Using tac --separator=a file in BASH [on a Debian based Linux], I get this: # empty line # empty line b c ...
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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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redirect output to specific line number

I want to grep certain lines by keyword and redirect the output to specific line number of an existing file. Command grep "key" temp_file >> desired.txt What I need is that I can append the ...
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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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How can I partition a set of words given pairs that must end up together?

I have a space or comma separated table with two columns, each row representing equivalence of the two words. A B B C B D C E F G What I want is a table with each row listing all mutually ...
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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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Remove spaces and headers from a dumped database table

I have dumped the database table data into a flat file and below is how the data looks like : (Kindly copy from below ;metier_code ; ;-------------------------; (0 rows affected) ...
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vlookup function in unix

How to make something similar to Excel's vlookup function in Unix? excerpt from office website, VLOOKUP The V in VLOOKUP stands for vertical. Use VLOOKUP instead of HLOOKUP when your comparison ...
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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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using awk command to compare the two files and print all the columns then missing display as NA

File 1: 123, 234 345, 789 678, 900 File 2 123, abc 345, dnc Desired output (all columns in file1 and missing value in file two as NA): 123,234,abc 345,789,dnc 678,900,NA
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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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replace pattern matching

I want to replace part of a file's data, with data from another file. Suppose file1 has data as is written below and file2 has some data I want to store replace file1 data from file2 from starting ...
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How to add a newline to the end of a file?

Using version control systems I get annoyed at the noise when the diff says No newline at end of file. So I was wondering: How to add a newline at the end of a file to get rid off those messages?
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How can I wrap text at a certain column size?

I know that I can use something like cat test.txt | pr -w 80 to wrap lines to 80 characters wide, but that puts a lot of space on the top and bottom of the printed lines and it does not work right on ...
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How to count the number of a specific character in each line?

I was wondering how to count the number of a specific character in each line by some text processing utilities? For example, to count " in each line of the following text "hello!" Thank you! The ...
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echo a file without the first and last lines

Is there a simple way I can echo a file, skipping the first and last lines? I was looking at piping from head into tail, but for those it seems like I would have to know the total lines from the ...
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combine text files column-wise

I have two text files. The first one has content: Languages Recursively enumerable Regular while the second one has content: Minimal automaton Turing machine Finite I want to combine them into ...
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How can I split a text file into multiple text files?

I have a text file called entry.txt that contains the following: [ entry1 ] 1239 1240 1242 1391 1392 1394 1486 1487 1489 1600 1601 1603 1657 1658 1660 2075 2076 2078 2322 2323 2325 2740 2741 2743 ...
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Filtering invalid utf8

I have a text file in an unknown or mixed encoding. I want to see the lines that contain a byte sequence that is not valid UTF-8 (by piping the text file into some program). Equivalently, I want to ...