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Old 08-25-2004, 12:23 PM   #1
BlkPoohba
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sed substitution error


]$ for FILE in *;do NEWFILE=`echo $FILE | sed -e s/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/`;echo -e $NEWFILE;done
-bash: command substitution: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `('
-bash: command substitution: line 1: `echo $FILE | sed -e s/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/'

-bash: command substitution: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `('
-bash: command substitution: line 1: `echo $FILE | sed -e s/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/'

-bash: command substitution: line 1: syntax error near unexpected token `('
-bash: command substitution: line 1: `echo $FILE | sed -e s/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/'
 
Old 08-25-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
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s/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/ needs to be quoted with a ' (single quote) on each side of the expression:
's/\w-(\w+)-.*/$1/' should work. Except that we are using sed, not perl. So something closer to what you need is:
's/\w-\(\w\+\)-.*/\1/'

Bash is parsing your sed expression and hence the error prefix of "-bash: command substitution:" . You need to escape it out with the single quotes or escape every meta character with a back slash. Plus sed looks for \( and \1 after it has been escaped, not perlre's ( and $1 repectively.

http://pegasus.rutgers.edu/~elflord/unix/sed.html

Hope this helps,
chris

PS I have been corrupted by perl. Use the available tool you are most familiar with.

PPS Does anyone know of a sed script to convert perl regexs to sed? Cause that would be cool.
 
  


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