Sed/awk/grep search for number string of variable length in text file
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Thanks pixellany, but I think I should mention that the file it is reading from will be a dynamic html page and as an unfortunate result the placement of number="$numberstring" will be between all sorts of other tags.
Tinkster: It does work if the numberstring is less than 22, which it will be 99% of the time.
That's odd .... what your regex says is:
Show all consecutive strings that begin with
number=", followed by 22 of anything, followed
So if your number is shorter than the 22 and it
still shows up you should be very lucky to have
a quote in the 23rd position, otherwise it shouldn't
match the pattern.
And in fact, your code piece doesn't work on the
sample data you provided further up in the thread.
pixellanys does - not sure whether you really want
the bare number or not, but that's what it returns.