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Replace special characters with Escape characters?

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Old 01-05-2012
Replace special characters with Escape characters?

i need to replace the any special characters with escape characters like below.

test!=123-> test\!\=123

!@#$%^&*()-= to be replaced by

Code:
\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\-\=


Last edited by Scott; 01-05-2012 at 10:01 AM.. Reason: Code tags
# 2  
Old 01-05-2012
Code:
echo '!@#$%^&*()-' | sed "s/[!@#$%^&*()-]/\\\&/g"
\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\-

# 3  
Old 01-05-2012
You listed = to be enclosed by / / too, but in your example it is not. Remove it from the pattern list maybe. Anyway maybe this is what you are looking for:
Code:
$> echo 'test!=123'| sed 's_[!@#$%^&*()-=]_\/&\/_g'
test/!//=/123

# 4  
Old 01-05-2012
Code:
echo 'test!=123' | sed 's:[!@#$%^&*()=-]:\\&:g'

# 5  
Old 01-05-2012
And just one more....

Code:
export var1='One Way To !@#$%^&*()-= Do It'

echo $var1 | sed 's#\([]\!\(\)\#\%\@\*\$\/&\-\=[]\)#\\\1#g'

One Way To \!\@\#\$\%^\&\*\(\)-\= Do It

# 6  
Old 01-05-2012
@Laknar

Just for education purpose :

The trick is that in between a list [.....] some character have a special meaning :

The hyphen - is usually used to define and interval example : [0-9]

That is the reason why, in order to make it interpreted as litteral , it should be placed at a edge of the list (beginning or end) consider :
Code:
$ echo '!@#$%^&*()-' | sed 's/[-!@#$%^&*()]/\\&/g'
\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\-
$ echo '!@#$%^&*()-' | sed 's/[!@#$%^&*()-]/\\&/g'
\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\-

There is another special case within a list [......] :
The closing square bracket ]
This special closing square bracket - to be taken as litteral (so that the substitution will apply)- needs to be setup at the very first position in the list otherwise it is take as end of the list or unexpected behaviour may occure.

Consider the following example :
Code:
$ echo '!@#[]$%^&*()-' | sed 's/[]!@#[$%^&*()-]/\\&/g'
\!\@\#\[\]\$\%\^\&\*\(\)\-
$ echo '!@#[]$%^&*()-' | sed 's/[-!@#[$%^&*()]]/\\&/g'
!@#\[]$%^&*()-
$ echo '!@#[]$%^&*()-' | sed 's/[-!@#[]$%^&*()]/\\&/g'
!@#[]$%^&*()-


Last edited by ctsgnb; 01-05-2012 at 11:57 AM..
# 7  
Old 01-05-2012
@laknar & off topic
Just wondered why you would want to do this?
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