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Old 04-14-2006, 03:59 AM   #1
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bash replace all matches of regex substring in string

Hi yall, i've been searching and testing for a while, but can't find a way to replace all instances of a regex substring in a string, just with bash. I found this:
given this:
temp=<year>2006</year> <month>04</month>
when i run this:
echo ${temp//[^digit]/}
it prints out:

I want to remove all characters except for numbers. Is this possible?

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Old 04-14-2006, 04:07 AM   #2
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Check this:
chris@kermit ~ $ experiment=supercall2345i7fragilisticexpi6a7lad22o3c5ious
chris@kermit ~ $ echo ${experiment//[0-9]/}
chris@kermit ~ $ echo ${experiment//[^0-9]/}
chris@kermit ~ $
Old 04-14-2006, 04:08 AM   #3
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crap, i can't believe i didn't try 0-9. thanks chris!

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Old 04-30-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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I know this is a very old post but I stumbled upon it and wanted to offer an alternative to anyone else that stumbles on it.

tmp="<year>2008</year> <month>08</month>"
echo ${tmp//[^[:digit:]]}

When using the named character groups they need to be wrapped in [: :]. The original post just used the word "digit" so any character that didn't match d, i, g or t was removed. "t" was the only letter that matched in the original string (one in each "month" tag) so that is why "tt" was returned.


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