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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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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Mar 2, 2010

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Apr 3, 2010

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Sep 12, 2010

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F1 F1 F3 Output
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a3 b3 c3 a3 b3 c3
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Jul 13, 2010

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Jul 8, 2010

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Basically what I want to replace is;


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Jan 15, 2010

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Sep 15, 2010

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I googled my problem and found some command line tutorials telling me to sudo cp. My problem is that I have about 30 pics that I want to move in there, and I don't think I can just move the directory, they have to be in that folder as the pictures themselves.

I don't really feel like typing the cp line multiple times with multiple randomly named image files.

Is there a way to have the command line cp all of my files from one directory to another?

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May 2, 2010

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May 25, 2010

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Aug 20, 2011

I often use the rpl command to make changes to multiple html files at once. For example:

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<br />
<br />
<br />
I've tried
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Jan 22, 2010

I have 2 text files : file1.txt and file2.txt

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15 this is a sentence containing various words and spaces
34 this is a another sentence containing various words and spaces

cat file2.txt

2 this is sentence1file2
6 this is sentence2file2
54 this is sentence3file2

I would like to join these 2 files. The result should look as follows :

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Feb 1, 2010

I have a line of text with multiple web links in the line. I'd like to replace the actual links with the text "<web-link>" so I don't accidentally hit them while reading on my iphone. I've tried many versions of the following sed command, sed 's/(http.*)/<web_link>/g', but it simply replaces everything between the first instance of "(http" and the last instance of ")" with <web_link>, or does nothing at all.

Ex: This line has a link to a web page (http://www.webpage.com/file.html) then some more text (extra text) and then another link (http://www.nextwebpage.com.index.html) to a website.
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What I get is: This line has a link to a web page <web_link> to a website.
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What am I doing wrong with my sed command?

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May 20, 2010

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Aug 13, 2010

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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

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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


# ...
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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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Jul 4, 2011

I am trying to replace a string (url) in 100s of files located in different directories. I found the sed command but cannoy get it to work. First I locate the files that have the string in them:

grep -ilr 'url' *
this works correctly and displayed the location of the files that have the string:

Now I need to replace the string so I combined it with sed:


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Oct 18, 2010

I have two txt files containing x and y coordinates: xcoord.txt & ycoord.txt. I need to open them; read them line by line to get each coordinate; then each time I need to update Xs and Ys parameters inside another file called "dc.in" with the grabbed values.

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I have written the following code but it does not work:

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Jul 24, 2010

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Dec 15, 2009

Here's the actual line of code, which exists in a bash script:


I want to replace instances like this:


with this:


Using this:


Which works great when there's only ONE of the pattern on the line. But in a case like the "actual line" I posted first, where there are two patterns, separated by a slash, only ONE gets replaced



Why? There must be (among many other things) something I'm not knowing about sed, that's causing this.

-- I'm currently using the ~ (tilde) as the separator in the sed command. It doesn't matter, I've used / ~ and % with no difference.

-- As a test, I tried putting a different character(s) in the middle of the original pattern instead of the / but that made no difference.

-- I've come up with various similar but slightly different regexs that will do this replacement, but they all have had this same result.

-- I tried the sed single-quoted, double-quoted, and unquoted; the latter fails to execute, and the formers both work as described here: wrong.

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