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I know I can match periods with \. but through trial and error I can still not seem to have my pattern ignore the period character.

I have tried variations such as:

\[^.] \[^.]+

I want to have code such as

foo("some text").arg("more text");

be untouched while code such as

foo("some text");

match a pattern and be replaced with something else

Also, I Have run into another issue

A case such as:

tr("I am some text") .arg(i do stuff) .arg(I also do stuff) where it needs to be handled from 2 up to n lines of this.

I want this sort of text to be left alone because as of now, the tr would be deleted and would cause a syntax error.

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    What do you mean by "ignore" ? Updating the question and providing some examples of what you want to match why why you want to "ignore" the period character might help. – Stephen Harris Aug 30 '16 at 18:47
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To be a "non-period" then the sequence [^.] is what you want. In your examples you have a \ in front of the [, which is wrong.

So, for example:

foo("some text").arg("more text");
foo("some text");

% sed 's/foo("some text")[^.]/replaced text/' tstfile
foo("some text").arg("more text");
replaced text

Note that this also replaced the character following the foo(..). If you want to keep that then we can remember it:

% sed 's/foo("some text")\([^.]\)/replaced text\1/' tstfile
foo("some text").arg("more text");
replaced text;
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  • so for a code sed -i '/\btr(/{ :a; s/\btr(\([^)]*\))[^.]/\1/I; t; N; ba}' $file how would I keep that non-period character after the text inside the parentheses (\1) – Klamz Aug 30 '16 at 19:09
  • I'd try replacing [^.] with \([^.]\) and then have \1\2 as your replacement – Stephen Harris Aug 30 '16 at 19:11
  • okay, I was trying that without the two slashes with \1\2 and that just doesn't make sense. Thanks for opening my eyes – Klamz Aug 30 '16 at 19:22

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