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Old 08-29-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question Need help with grep, trying to parse/filter a file...

Hi there - hope this an appropirate place to ask for help with this...

I need to extract business name and address information (ONLY) from an HTML file, in order to make a database eventually. In other words, I want to strip all the HTML and other extraneous material from the file, and produce a neat file with only the information I want out the other...I'm thinking a well-designed grep line or 2 will do this for me.

Am I deluded? or is there another more obvious way to achieve the same end?

Any advice appreciated.

Here are some sample lines from the HTML file I'm trying to work from:

Old 08-29-2003, 12:58 PM   #2
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sorry, seems the HTML won't appear...hope someone can help intuitively...

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I suppose this code will do....
The name of the file which contains the html code should be given as argument...
s/\s+/ /g;
print "$_";
Old 08-29-2003, 01:05 PM   #4
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Try using lynx in dump mode - that should strip out the html for you then you can awk/cut/grep the data easier.
I don't know why you can't post html unless you need to have 5 posts first. E-mail me with the html if you want me to post it in the mean time.
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thanks saTan and David...I think I have it now!



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