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Old 07-23-2002, 12:15 AM   #1
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saving files after sed processing

SED doesn't seem to have a way to save a file once
it has been processed by sed commands. The only
examples I have seen involve piping the output of
sed processing to a temporary file, deleting the old
file and renaming the temporary file, giving it the
same name as the old.

Is there a way to perform file processing with sed
and saving the changed file without going through
the aforementioned intermediate steps?

Can PERL be used to perform changes w/o the
intermediate steps? Which is best?
Old 07-23-2002, 12:43 AM   #2
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Yes perl has an ability of inplace editing if you need class notes for my old perl class, let me see if I can submit it here w/o violating laws.
Old 07-23-2002, 06:38 AM   #3
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Well the perl inplace editing is just a wrapper. In the background it will still do something similar to what is done with sed and then move. Anyway to do the inplace editing you can make the following script:
#!/usr/bin/perl -i

$search = "something";
$replace = "else";

while ( <> ) { 
    print $_;
Just call the script with 'scriptname filetomodify'.

To do the same with sed is not that much harder it would just be one line. Something like:

sed -e 's/something/else/' file > file.bak && mv -f file.bak file

It would probably depend on what you are planning to use it for, which one of the two might be easier.


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