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Old 08-13-2009
sed with many special characters

I started with this:

Code:
counter1=1
cp file.txt  file_${counter1}.tmp
while read name1
do

    echo $name1
    counter2=`expr $counter1 + 1`
    sed /'${name1}'/d  file_${counter1}.txt >  file_${counter2}.txt
    counter1=`expr $counter1 + 1`

done < source.txt

source.txt contains the following:

Code:
$ *&and Element Properties for region : *IFS_LH_AR_cp.8330302
$ Composite /Prop^&erty Record crea(^&ted from P3/PATRAN )( material
$ record : pcomp.8330302 !~()
$ Composite Material Description :
PCOMP    8330302-.535                           75.      0.
         8330305.045     0.      YES     @#*.       0.      YES
         8330306.025     0.      YES ^*

Is there a way for sed to ignore special characters and assume that special character as it is and find it in the file.txt without hicups?

thanks in advance for the help...
# 2  
Old 08-13-2009
Your code is complicated. It looks like you a removing the embedded filename inside a file then writing it out, resulting in one large file.

try this
Code:
cat $( < source.txt) | grep -v -f source.txt > newbigfile

This won't work if the filenames in source.txt have spaces or odd characters.
If that is the case start with this
Code:
awk '{ printf("'%s'", $0) }' source.txt > src.txt
cat $( < source.txt) | grep -v -f src.txt > newbigfile

IF this doesn't work post the contents of source.txt

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