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Old 01-19-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
BillKat
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Adding lines of text to beginning of a text file


Hi folks,

I need to insert 3-4 lines of text to the beginning of a text file. The file is a largish MYSQL dump, the result of a backup shell script. This shell script should insert the required text.

I've wrestled with sed, but lost ... Any ideas would be much appreciated, cheers.
 
Old 01-19-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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There are a lot of ways to do that. A sed command is 'i' which stats for insert a new line before the pattern. Specify only the first line as address and the trick is done:
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sed -i.bak '1i text to add' file
 
Old 01-19-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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Thanks for that, job done.
 
  


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