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Old 12-15-2004, 10:02 AM   #1
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Basic piping issue


I have a program, foo.exe, that takes a file name as input:

$> ./foo.exe myfile.txt

I need to replace the first line of this file using sed, but I don't want to write it out this new file since it is about 1gig in size (and I can't just go in to edit the original, I don't have permission).

So I thought, why not just pipe it?

However, I haven't gotten it to work yet. This is what I tried:

$>sed -e '1s/old/new/' myfile.txt | foo.exe -o myoutput

My program, foo.exe, gives me the "help" showing usage because it isn't seeing my input file. What am I doing wrong?
 
Old 12-15-2004, 10:12 AM   #2
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do you have read permission to foo.exe ??

if not then your script won't work.......!!
 
Old 12-15-2004, 10:14 AM   #3
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I have full permissions on foo.exe, I only have read permission on the input file. But I need to change the first line of this input file, which is 1gig+ (so I don't want to have to write it out.)
 
Old 12-16-2004, 07:07 PM   #4
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first of all, Foo.exe looks like a specific program that takes one argument as the input file. Obviously, it doesn't accept nil arguments and default to stdin. Also the argument expected may be thge name of an existing file and then you might have no option but to write it to a file first.

Please try
foo.exe `sed -e '1s/old/new/' myfile.txt`

The sed should get evaluated first and then the result passed to foo.exe.

If it still doesn't work, then you have to write it to a file or else get the programmer to provide for reading from srtdin if argv(1) = "-" - say.

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