Programming :: Exact Text Find And Replace?

Aug 13, 2010

I have a sysctl.conf that has the following in it:

kernel.exec-shield-randomize = 1
kernel.exec-shield = 1

When I grep kernel.exec-shield I get both line, hence I keep over writing the kernel.exec-shield-randomize in my script because it finds them both for my sed commend.

How can I get an exact match with either sed/awk/grep in shell so I can do a find and replace?

Example: sed 's/^kernel.exec-shield =.*/kernel.exec-shield = 1/g' /etc/sysctl.conf will replace BOTH lines

Example: grep "^kernel.exec-shield" find both line and I want it to find only the exact line.

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Programming :: Command For Find/Replace In Text Files (inc. Files In Sub-folders)?

Oct 11, 2010

I found this command that works great finding and replacing a simple string to another in files located in that folder and all sub-folders.

Code: find . -name '*.php' | xargs perl -pi -e 's/OldText/NewText/g'

The problem I have is that I need to replace a more complex string, like this: Old string: /mnt/stor6-wc2-dfw1/627896/982574/ New string: /mnt/stor8-wc2-dfw1/369587/302589/ There I don't know how to do it... since the / is what separates the old from the new strings, and the strings that I want to replace have / in it. Also, I would like to know how to specify under what folder replace the files, for example, I want that it search/replaces all files under /var/www/mysite/htdocs folder.

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Jul 12, 2010

I am trying to write a Perl script that can open a file, find text that appears between two identifying strings (for now, "start" and "end"), then modify that text by enclosing it between "term_" and "_term" . Since the identified strings vary, the replacement string becomes "term_$1_term". From looking at other threads in this forum I've been able to get as far as spitting out the modified terms using the following code:

open FILE, "start2.txt" || die ("Could not open file <br> $!");
$text = <FILE>;
while ($text=~ s/start (.*?) end//) {


The problem is how to get "term_$1_term" into the file in the same while loop, which I'm guessing would be some of variant of "$text=~ s/$1/$term/;" (which doesn't work as it stands).

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Programming :: Using Grep To Find EXACT MATCH?

Nov 11, 2010

I'm trying to find exact matches of some users in the /etc/passwd file using "grep -w", but it doesn't always work. For example, I have the following users:[URl].. So, let's say, I want to search for the user "stewart" (which doesn't exist)


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General :: Find And Replace Text From Many Files In A Dir?

Jul 8, 2010

I have a many directories each with about 20 html files inside. All the files have .html ext. What I'm hoping is possible is from command line to find some text in each one and replace it with some other text.

Basically what I want to replace is;


I can do this easily with dreamweaver or some other application but because I have 960 pages total to do I'm hoping to do it this way.

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Feb 11, 2011

I have an SQL dump, file.sql that has many references to a particular domain, I would like to run a command that can replace every occurrence of with I've tried looking into sed before but the man pages are quite daunting.

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Ubuntu :: Bash Command To Find And Replace Text In File

Apr 3, 2010

I'm having problems with Tomboy. I have a few hundred note files and I need to go through all of them and replace all instances of "<link:broken>a</link:broken>" with "a". Is there a bash command I can use to do this?

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General :: Text Manipulation Find / Replace Variable Efficiency?

Aug 27, 2010

What I have works, but wondering what is the 'right' way to replace the digits with the letters given in this loop? somehow use a case or multiple sed? i thought of a multiple sed or a case but couldn't get it to work


# ...
bcv=$(echo $line | awk -F" " '{ print $1 }' | sed 's/1/q/g;s/2/w/g;s/3/e/g') # and so on


while read line
bcv=$(echo $line | awk -F" " '{ print $1 }')
if [ $bcv == "" ]


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Ubuntu :: Command Line - Find And Replace Text Within Multiple Files?

Aug 28, 2010

I'm pretty sure this is doable from the command line, but my CLI skills have degraded a lot since my pre-Y2K admin days. The goal is to search all the files in the directory for a very long string of text and replace it with another string of text. The text being searched for is my Google Adsense code (which will be stripped from my website) and it will be replaced with a placeholder so I can easily tack something else in there in the future.

Seeing how I have that long snip of code on about 100 pages, automating the process would make life easier.
If I was searching for a single word, I can see ways to do this.
If I paste the code I'm searching for into a text file, is there a way to:
find (contents of oldstring.txt) and replace with (contents of newstring.txt)?

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Programming :: Using .sh Script To Replace Text?

Feb 24, 2011

i'm trying to script a lil piece to execute in terminal so when i type something like:

scriptname textfile

the script searches the text file, replaces charecters of my choosing with charecters of my choosing

"sed" im told is the way to go, and i got summat like this going


bash -c "sed -i.backup -e /s/char/newchar/"

(if need be, i think i can just add another line of "-e /s/char/newchar/" if i need to target more charecters or words as needed.) the issue with the above code. . . how do i get it to target whatever text file follows the command? without having to manually designate sed to it each time? e.g. in commanding:

scriptname textfile

how do i get the script to target textfile^^^?

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Programming :: Sed Script - Searching For Text Within File / Replace With Variable

Feb 25, 2011

VARR=`cat /proc/asound/cards | grep HDMI | cut -c 1-2`
VARX="defaults.ctl.card $VARR"
VARY="defaults.pcm.card $VARR"
echo $VARX
echo $VARY
sed "s/defaults.ctl.card*/'$VARX'/g" $FILE1 > $FILE2

This is what I have right now. Well, I thought I knew sed, and apparently I don't... I tried writing this for someone else, and this has given me trouble, so since the user pretty much figured it out on his own, here it goes.
Say VARR=1, so VARX and VARY contain the above text, appended by 1.
What I am trying to do is replace the text "defaults.ctl.card 0" by VARX and "defaults.pcm.card 0" by VARY. The contents of FILE1 is the file being used to search for both text fields, and FILE2 is the output file. I tried using single quotes, double quotes, and a mixture of both, and no go whatsoever. So my question... What is the proper way of searching for text within a file and replacing with a variable?

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Mar 16, 2014

Is there any way to use sed to replace certain text in a file with the persons username automatically? Right now i'm using
Code: Select allsed -i.bak s/STRING_TO_REPLACE/STRING_TO_REPLACE_IT/g

I would like it to automatically inject the persons usrname in the replacement string. Is this possible? I've been looking on line at various sed tutorials and I cant quite find what i'm looking for. I also didn't really see anything in the forums search function.Essentially i'm trying to take this file URL...Android.rules and replace all instances of username with the persons actual username automatically.

Code: Select allsed -i.bak s/username/$USER/g 51_Android.rules

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Oct 16, 2010

As indicated in the subject, I want to search a text. If the text is present I want to replace it. But if the text is not present, I want to insert it after first line and before last line.

Searched text is:CleanCache "*";

Where * can be anything.

Example: CleanCache "false"; -> CleanCache "true";

If CleanCache "false"; is not present, only insert CleanCache "true"; after first line and before last line.

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Mar 30, 2010

I want to use SED to do the following: In a text file replace any occurrences of the three character string ZZZ with a quotation mark "and. replace all occurrences of a comma with a semi-colon. It is the S/ / / command which is stumping me on the first issue...inparticular how to get the replace string to be quote.

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Jul 16, 2010

Something very handy to do in a Linux shell, is manipulating files and strings - essentially parsing data. Write a utility which will scan in a text file and search and replace strings. We also want to keep track of how many strings we've replaced.

I know that my command would look like this: <utility name> <filename> <stringToSearchFor> <stringToReplaceWith>
Code: #!/bin/bash


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Sep 28, 2010

Im looking for assistance to create a script to find and replace files.Probably best if I give you the background Our server uses a specific application which stores user data, each user data account (a folder on the server) has a file called 'Profile.xml' this file gets updated and replaced about every 30 mins similar to the fashion logrotate works i.e. Profile.xml.1 Profile.xml.2 -> .10

What we experience is that if the application crashes unexpectedly while it is doing its user profile refresh task we end up with sometimes a few hundred Profile.xml files which end up 0kb(should be around 4kb) , and our server see's these as corrupted profiles and will not see them. Our fix is to go back thru and rename the Profile.xml.1 to be Profile.xml (or sometimes up to Profile.xml.5 to Profile.xml) We want a script we can manually run to automate this process The server tree is


What we have so far is a script which finds the affected files

find /mnt/ -maxdepth 4 -name Profile.xml -size -1k

This will display a list of affected profiles, and we can append it to a text file with >>output.txt on the end.

if 'pattern' in 'location' equals '0kb' then 'cp' Profile.xml.1 Profile.xml

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Aug 13, 2010

I have a file with the following in it:

:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X -nobanner
:1 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X

I need to add "-nolisten tcp" to both of these lines and cannot figure out how to do it. I can get it to do the first one, but not the 2nd and so on. How do I search the file and loop though it to change them all?

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Programming :: Find And Replace With A Shell Script?

Mar 10, 2009

What is best way to replace the 1 and the 3 below with a 0 using a shell script? It is in a text file with lots of lines and similar lines:

lots of text
lots of text

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Apr 9, 2010

I am trying following script can I do this or is there a way to do find and replace the replacing word is dynamic input by user

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read RP_USER
sed 's/text1/$RP_USER/' /home/user/file1 > /home/user/file2

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Apr 26, 2009

I would like to have a script that will do a search in an XML file for a specific block of XML code and replace it with a different block of XML code using the Windows build of GNU Sed 4.1.5.

Here's the text I want to find:


And here's what I want to replace it with:


There is however a lot of stuff in there that would mess up sed, and the one example from the sed FAQ (from the Sourceforge site) that looked promising and easy enough to figure out (4.23.3. Try to use a block of "literal strings") fails with this error message: sed: file blockrep.sed line 18: unterminated `s' command

Anyone got any ideas, or even an alternate program that can do this? (Preferably one that I can automate.)

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Apr 30, 2010

I'm writing a program in Python that presents a place for the user to input one-line of text (using raw_input). I need, however, as the user types, for certain words to be replaced, even before the user hits enter.

I try to make an animation so you can see what I mean, here the word "pig" gets replaced with "sheep":
>I |
>I l|
>I li|
>I lik|
>I like|
>I like |
>I like t|
>I like to|
>I like to |
>I like to e|
>I like to ea|
>I like to eat|
>I like to eat |
>I like to eat p|
>I like to eat pi|
>I like to eat pig|
>I like to eat sheep|

Note, the user never typed "sheep", the program replaced "pig" with "sheep" as soon as they finished typing the word "pig". The user did not use "Enter". Is this at all possible in Python?

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Feb 14, 2011

I wanted to find and replace a string from a perl file. I have written a script in bash which runs the following command.

perl -pi -e "s/$findstring/$replacestring/" testfile
where as $findstring = print F_WC_TMP"$line
and $replaceString = $line = join ' ', split ' ', $line; print F_WC_TMP"$line

But when I am running the above command, i think it is replacing the $findstring with the above mentioned string and hence it contains a $line, it is looking for the variable $line and not finding the exact string. I am confused about how to search for a string that contains $ in it and replace it with another $string.

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Nov 23, 2010

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Oct 19, 2010

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