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Old 12-25-2006, 04:10 PM   #1
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how to remove path using sed

I am trying to remove the path name and only get the file name
when I do this on the prompt it works:
cat a.txt | sed "s/.*\///"
when I do it from a script:
f=`cat $file | sed s/.*\///`
echo $f
it gives me an error:
sed: -e expression #1, char 7: unknown option to `s'
what am I doing wrong?
Old 12-25-2006, 04:15 PM   #2
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try ' instead of "
sed 's/.*\///'

Last edited by ygloo; 12-25-2006 at 04:20 PM.
Old 12-25-2006, 04:29 PM   #3
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Well, don't you really want to use 'basename' utility instead? Though ygloo is right.


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