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Selecting fields from a line using "sed"

Posted 12-25-2011 at 01:51 AM by Telengard (Here are some things which I hope will be helpful.)
Updated 12-26-2011 at 11:24 PM by Telengard
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Yeah, sed ...

No matter how well I think I know sed, it still manages to bite me more often than serve me. Everything I do know about sed, manuals aside, I learned from other programs like ed, vi, and even awk. What I'm getting to is this: my sed-fu is weak, so don't take anything I say about it at face value. Do your own research and learn better for yourself (which you ought to do regardless).

About portability

I'll be using the --posix option with GNU sed...
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Selecting fields from a line using "cut"

Posted 12-22-2011 at 07:56 PM by Telengard (Here are some things which I hope will be helpful.)
Updated 12-26-2011 at 11:26 PM by Telengard
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using cut to break down text

You can use cut to grab only the data you want from a line of text. Tell cut which groups of characters you are interested in and it will print them. By default cut uses tab characters to break down groups of text from the input file.

NOTE: In the example data files which follow, the strings <TAB> and <SPACE> shall be used to visually distinguish whitespace characters. A tab character is the character generated when you press the...
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How to install Rogue in Ubuntu

Posted 12-19-2011 at 01:12 PM by Telengard (Here are some things which I hope will be helpful.)

Rogue is in the bsdgames-nonfree package. Ensure the multiverse repository is enabled and install the bsdgames-nonfree package in your package manager.

Code:
sudo apt-get install bsdgames-nonfree
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Try Linux before you switch

Posted 05-21-2011 at 08:22 PM by Telengard (Here are some things which I hope will be helpful.)
Updated 05-23-2011 at 11:12 PM by Telengard (Much more info, links for reference)

Are you thinking of switching from Windows to Linux? Are you worried about the installation process? How can you protect your Windows system and data just in case something goes wrong?

Before you begin playing with an operating system you may know very little about, please consider backing up any data you care about to at least two external media.

Boot Linux from a live CD

Notes...
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Which Linux distro is right for me?

Posted 05-02-2011 at 01:02 AM by Telengard (Here are some things which I hope will be helpful.)
Updated 11-21-2011 at 05:01 PM by Telengard (expand)
Tags distro, linux

It all depends on your needs. The reason there are so many distros is because each tries to accommodate the needs of different groups of users.

I like Kubuntu for my personal desktop system, but there are many others worth considering. Try some of these places to help you choose.
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