I need to replace a word "/hotel to "/Tay

I used various delimiters like ? $ but I couldn't get it

  • Do you need to use sed? Parameter expansion can do this: FOO='abc"/hoteldef'; echo ${FOO/"\/hotel/"\/Tay} – cprn Nov 17 '15 at 18:30
  • Since the characters "/ exist in both 'words', why not only change hotel to Tay using FOO='abc"\hoteldef'; echo ${FOO/hotel/Tay}? – Lambert Nov 17 '15 at 20:26
  • If any of the existing answers solves your problem, please consider accepting it via the checkmark. Thank you! – Jeff Schaller Apr 23 '17 at 12:51

People usually use forward slash / as the sed delimiter, but you can use any character you want; for example, !. Ideally, use a delimiter that doesn't appear in your search or replacement text, otherwise you'd need to quote it.

$ echo '"/hotel' | sed s!^"/hotel!"/Tay!

I quoted:


with single-quotes to keep the shell from getting confused about the lone double-quote mark. Here's an unquoted version (that thus has to escape the double-quote marks from the shell):

$ echo \"/hotel | sed s!^"/hotel!"/Tay!

Edited to include the ^ "beginning of line" character to enforce the match at the beginning of the line. Example of a non-match:

$ echo foo\"/hotel | sed s!^"/hotel!"/Tay!
  • It should be enough using sed "s/\"\/hotel/\"\/Tay/g" – Rui F Ribeiro Nov 17 '15 at 18:32
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    indeed that works; it gets into the "leaning toothpick" problem, though, which is why I suggested changing the delimiter. – Jeff Schaller Nov 17 '15 at 18:37

One way to do this is to escape the / and " with a "\"

echo '"/hotel' | sed 's/\"/hotel/Tay/g'

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