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Old 08-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Grep Command Experssion


:: Get host
grep -Eao 'rtmp.{40}' plugin-container.dmp | sort -u

What is the . for? Also, what do you think the {40} accomplishes?

I don't need help with the | sort -u part. I know what it is for.
 
Old 08-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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You may be missing a coma(,) between 4 and 0.

If coma is there it will grep rtmp.4, rtmp.0 from plugin-container.dmp
 
Old 08-13-2012, 01:07 AM   #3
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Not missing comma

I've seen the same code line in different places around the web and the line is the same - no comma.

Here's where I got this line of code from: http://svnpenn.blogspot.com/2011/07/...osts-file.html

Anybody else know what the rtmp.{40} bit does?
 
Old 08-13-2012, 01:34 AM   #4
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. - any character
{40} - 40 of the previous character
 
Old 08-13-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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40 periods

That would mean that the server name path would contain 40 periods. This doesn't make any sense...

Do we have anymore experienced people?
 
Old 08-13-2012, 05:21 AM   #6
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Do we have anymore experienced people?
Sure---but do you think that's going to change the answer?

You are using grep -E, which means that the regex is using the "extended" syntax. In that syntax, "{x}" means "x occurences of the previous regex". "." means "any character".

SO....."rtmp.{40}" means "rtmp, followed by any 40 characters (including spaces)"

Who said it meant 40 periods?
 
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:29 AM   #7
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You may be missing a coma(,) between 4 and 0.

If coma is there it will grep rtmp.4, rtmp.0 from plugin-container.dmp
I don't think so.....
 
Old 08-13-2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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wild characters

For some reason I overlooked that the other poster said that "." means any character. I'm used to using * or ? as the only wild characters. This is the first time I see a period used as a wild character. I guess I'm a bit rusty...

So now I see that what he wants is "rtmp" plus "://" and then the rest of the host address.
 
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The difference is that wildcards used the way you mentioned are for globbing in the shell (on the command line), however the example you are using here is a regular expression and hence
quite a different beast. If you search for regular expression or regex you will find a slew of information.
 
  


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