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Old 05-23-2003, 07:26 AM   #1
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Question How to remove line of text from file

Hi All,

I wonder if there's a linux command which will be able to remove
a whole line of text from a file given a certain phrase

I know I can do a

cat filename|grep phrase

but that will only display the whole line of text.

How do I erase that whole line of text and save the changes
back to that file ?

Thank you
Old 05-23-2003, 07:36 AM   #2
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You could use
grep -v phrase inputFile > outputFile
which would create a new file called outputFile that contains all lines that don't contrin "phrase". You might want to consider looking into sed and awk though for a more elegant solution.


Old 05-23-2003, 12:49 PM   #3
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thanks, i will try it out


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