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Old 08-15-2003, 02:18 PM   #1
DavidPhillips
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inserting text into a file


Howdy,

This is what I am looking at

sed /$expression/a\ "$comment" $fname > $fname.cmt

no problem with it except that i want to edit the file $fname itself

the problem is $fname is being written with

cat /dev/ttyUSB0 >> $fname

I would like to be able to actually insert the comment into $fname without causing a problem with the file as it is being written.

sed /$expression/a\ "$comment" $fname > $fname

results in an empty file


may I need to use echo or something

thanks,
 
Old 08-15-2003, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: inserting text into a file

I think I have doen something similar before and I had to use echo - eg:
echo `sed /$expression/a\ "$comment" $fname` > $fname
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:21 PM   #3
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It seems to work, except that the line is inserted without a new line at the end

~090 File Number:9030, Shot Number:2977, Shot Point Line:562 , Station:123
Observers comment: Hello ~090 Mag Tape Usage: MT2U0-raw

I have not checked to see what is happening to the cat process yet.
 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:39 PM   #4
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What am I thinking - when I was doing something similar it was with a different script (perl search and replace type script). With sed you can just use the -i switch.
sed -i /$expression/a\ "$comment" $fname
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:45 PM   #5
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that's it

hard to believe it was that simple

learning sed is fun
 
Old 08-15-2003, 04:53 PM   #6
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Yeah - the funy thing was the first time I really used it was for modifying shadow password files - just as well I made backups first
 
  


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