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Old 07-28-2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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renaming text files based upon a pattern in their content

How would I go about accomplishing the following?

1. Read a file looking for a particular pattern. i.e footest:
2. Skip the next several blank spaces (the # of which is variable) until the runjob name. i.e. foojobname
3. Rename the file based upon the runjob name and date/time of file
4. Repeat for all files in the directory

I know I can use grep to search through the files but don't know what tool(s) I can use to skip blanks and capture just the 8 char job name from the middle of the line. Would I have to store the jobname into a variable or can I pipe the output of grep directly into say mv to do the renaming?

Thanks for any assistance
Old 07-28-2005, 01:43 PM   #2
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mv FILE `sed -n 's/footest: *(.*)$/\1/p' < FILE`
I think that's correct.


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