[SOLVED] delete a matched line from the file+shell script
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I am matching some lines in a file. If my choice of line is matched, that line should be deleted from the file without using intermediate files.
Please help me.
Please note that the lines in file contains only word. So deleting the entry itself makes sure line is deleted. Any help is appreciated
for i in dog horse
<<Delete lines with $i on $file >>
"without using intermediate files" -this is basically impossible. Even when you use 'sed -i' it will create a temposrary file. The only way to avoid this would be to read each file fully into an array, manipulate the arrays and then overwrite the original files once done.
It usually helps to mention things like which platform you're using, you know. Since this is LinuxQuestions, we generally assume you're using Linux unless stated otherwise.
-i is a non-posix gnu extension to sed, and not available in most other implementations. There's no way to get those versions to save directly to file.
(Although you could capture its stdout to a variable, for example, then echo the the modified version back over the original file.)
It's easier just to use ed, as shown above. Since ed is also posix, the command syntax posted will probably work anywhere, although you may need to adjust the shell syntax if you aren't using bash/ksh. I usually prefer to pipe the commands into it with printf myself.
printf '%s\n' 'g/\(horse\|dog\)/d' 'w' | ed -s yourfile
Last edited by David the H.; 01-02-2013 at 07:04 AM.
Thanks for providing info on 'ed'.
But instead of "printf '%s\n' 'g/horse/d' 'g/dog/d' 'w' | ed -s yourfile", I want to run this in a loop with the variable to be deleted.
I wanted to try "printf '%s\n' 'g/$i/d' 'w' | ed -s yourfile". This did not work.