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Old 09-06-2006, 06:50 PM   #1
Manuel Alvarado
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String manipulation


Hello,

I'm looking for a linux command to extract specific strings from an xml documents. For example, the following string:
<name>John Doe</name>

I have tried "grep", but this produces the entire line of text which is too much to handle or to focus on. I will appreciate any possible help!

Thanks!

Manuel Alvarado
 
Old 09-06-2006, 06:53 PM   #2
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Have a look at sed and awk.
Perl, Python or Ruby would be suitable as well if you know them.

Your life would likely be much easier if you picked a scripting language and used one of the many XML libraries available...
 
Old 09-06-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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Hi.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Manuel Alvarado
I'm looking for a linux command to extract specific strings from an xml documents. For example, the following string:
<name>John Doe</name>

I have tried "grep", but this produces the entire line of text which is too much to handle or to focus on.
Many people find this of some use:
Code:
       -o, --only-matching
              Show only the part of a matching line that matches PATTERN.
-- excerpt from man grep
For more flexibility, you might, as bulliver noted, need to consider a scripting language ... cheers, makyo
 
  


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