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Old 03-23-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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Smile How to change the signature of all the functions in my scripts...

Hi all,

I am new to this community and i dont have much knowledge to linux shell scripting....this question may be a simple one...

I was trying to write a script to change the signature of the all the methods in a set of scripts.. here is a sample of the same :

old signature :


New signature:

function methodname

That is i need to insert "function" keyword in front of the methodname and remove the () after the methodname.
Can anyone help me out with this.
Thanks in advance..
Old 03-23-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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Well you could do it with sed-- sed -i 's/^methodname()$/function methodname/'

Last edited by rweaver; 03-23-2010 at 11:25 AM. Reason: forgot to add filename... you could also use a wildcard
Old 03-23-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
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How about

sed -i 's/^\([^(]*\)() *$/function \1/' filename
This will also change it if the line to be edited has trailing spaces.
Make a backup first, I did not test the command.

P.S.: The above command will only work correctly, if the file in question only contains old-signature-methods. Let us know if your files have 'mixed' signature methods.

Last edited by crts; 03-23-2010 at 02:15 PM.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:36 AM   #4
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Smile Thanks

Thanks for the suggestions....i tried

sed -i 's/^\([^(]*\)() *$/function \1/' filename

it worked
Thanks once again...

i have one more question.....

i am trying to find all the files having
as their first line and store the list of all such files in a varaible(or array).this i need so that i can change the signature of the methods(of which i have talked earlier)in all the scripts present in my project folder.

example :
i have a folder tests
inside this folder i have many files and directories..
b1 (shell script)
dl (directory)

i want to run my script which changes the signature of all the methods in all the scripts present in the directory tests.

I tried the following command


files=$('find . -exec grep -l '#!/bin/ksh' {}\;')

for X in $files
sed -i 's/^\([^(]*\)() *$/function \1/' $X

This gives the following error:
./[5]: find . -exec grep -l #!/bin/ksh {}\;: not found [No such file or directory]

Can anyone please guide me how to do this...

Thanks in advance..
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files=$('find . -exec grep -l '#!/bin/ksh' {}\;')
You are trying to use un-escaped single quotes inside. The simple solution is to remove the outer set of single quotes, as they aren't necessary (at least in bash, not certain about ksh it's a long time since I used it). E.g.:
files=$(find . -type f -exec grep -l '#!/bin/ksh' {} \;)
I also added a "-type f" because I imagine you only want to grep files.

Last edited by nonamenobody; 03-24-2010 at 10:22 AM. Reason: Oops, extra apostrophe and forgot {}
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