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Old 01-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
alape
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Unhappy grep issue


Hi everyone ^^

file name: test.txt

koki:45
kiki:15
lulu:touki

I want grep to return me all words with "ki" before ":"
- koki
- kiki

No touki because it's after ":"

When i do "grep ki test.txt" I got the 3.

I need your help. Thanks
 
Old 01-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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Hi,

This all words with "ki" before ":" can still mean 2 things:
- ki immediately followed by :
Code:
grep "ki:" test.txt
- ki anywhere as long as it is before :
Code:
grep "ki.*:" test.txt
The .* translates to any character.

Hope thi helps.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 11:49 AM   #3
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druuna is exactly correct, but I'd just tack on a quick note:
  • . == matches any single character
  • * == matches zero or more instances of the previous item

When combined, the expression '.*' means (read from right to left, due to the operator's effect) match zero or more occurrences of any character.
 
  


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