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Old 05-21-2006, 04:26 AM   #1
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how to delete the contents of a file using shell scripts

I want to delete some text from the file using shell script.
I am using redhat7.0 . Please help me to solve this problem.

thanks in advance.
Old 05-21-2006, 04:35 AM   #2
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You want to delete text from a text file? If so, you'll want to open and editor like vi or vim and delete the lines.

vi yourfile
To get a list of vi/vim commands visit this site. Hope that answered your question.
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:05 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by sharad
I want to delete some text from the file using shell script.
I am using redhat7.0 . Please help me to solve this problem.
What kind of content deletion do you have in mind? Want the script to search and remove certain keywords? Or delete lines that include particular words? You need to be more specific if you want concrete help.
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Sed is usually used for editing files. The name stands for Serial EDitor.
For tabular text, awk is often used.
Old 05-22-2006, 06:22 AM   #6
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Delete lines 1-6 from a file
sed '1,6d' oldfile > newfile


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