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Old 08-16-2007, 02:01 PM   #1
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Delete a line in a file by script

If I in one script to place the line:

echo “deb to dapper universe” >> /etc/apt/sources.list

this adds a repository sources.list.

It has some form to erase a line of a file or commenting, by one script?
Old 08-16-2007, 02:20 PM   #2
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Do you mean that you want a command that will delete or modify a line based on content?

SED is the tool I know the best. Suppose you want to delete all lines beginning with "dog":

sed -i '/^dog/ d' filename

Or, add the comment character to all lines containing "dog":

sed -i '/dog/ s/^/#/' filename

Best SED tutorial I have seen (plus other good stuff):
Old 08-16-2007, 02:23 PM   #3
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sed -i~ '/address/d'
sed -i~ '/address/s/^/#/'
would be a couple of ways, if I understand your question. If you use this and you're not using gnu sed, you'll need to do the redirect/rename dance.

-- Pixellany beat me to it - fancy formatting slows ya down.

Last edited by slakmagik; 08-16-2007 at 02:24 PM. Reason: redundancy mea culpa



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