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Old 01-31-2007, 06:10 AM   #1
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substituting multiline string in sed

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I am facing a problem while using sed to replace a multiline string

I have sed command stored in a file say command

command file has the following content


I want to replace
Number" string with "Contractnumtest"
the file with name say "file" which i have to edit is something like this


when i try to use sed to edit by doing this

sed -f commands $file > file_outptut1.txt

I am getting errors like
sed: command garbled: s/"Contract

I am using Solaris as OS.

Is it possible to replace the multiline string using sed or sed commands have to be end in one line???

any solution/suggestion/pointers to solve this problem are welcome

thanks in advance for helping
Old 01-31-2007, 06:59 AM   #2
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You need to consult the sed&awk bible! Here:

Basically you should be able to use what's called the "hold space" to recognise and remember stuff from multiple lines.

Old 01-31-2007, 07:30 AM   #3
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Your command file should look something like this:


Nick_Battle gave good advice: All the info needed is in the Sed&Awk book.
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I give you no extra magic, however, a rule that works for me is to remember that sed deals with single-lines unless you do some extra work.

I could not get the URL that Nick posted to work ( page deleted ). If you can read Russian, perhaps some of the links at that top page might help.

There are some other places to look. The web page has a number of links that may help.

It is difficult to imagine a better reference than O'Reilly's sed and awk. I use the 2nd edition (page 107 ff for your circumstance); you might be able to pick up a used version someplace of either edition 1 or 2. I think sed is very useful in many situations, however, perl has probably taken over much of the new work for which sed had been used.

Best wishes ... cheers, makyo



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