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Old 04-25-2012
Sed -f alternatives?

I have a list of items (control file) that I want to substitute in a text file, and it's BIG.

The file has two items, the original, and the new:


The file has something like 10,000 entries.

So in the oldfile.txt, I'd like to basically make all these expression matched substitutions, is there any better way than sed -f?

Like is there a unix utility or script that I'm not aware of that will do this a bit more efficiently?

I'm open to any suggestions.
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Old 04-25-2012
Could you please elaborate your query.

Thanks & Regards,
# 3  
Old 04-25-2012
I have a text file: oldfile.txt
It has a lot of stuff I want to do multiple find and replace within.

I have a control file: controlfile.txt
In the control file, is a 2 column list of the "find" and the "replace"


This That
Yay Nay
Ying Yang


I would like to run this control file on the oldfile so that all the substitutions are made within the oldfile. I can use sed -f, and run it as 10,000 sed commands (I don't know if it will die on me or not though)

I'm hoping however, there's a program to do this a bit more elegantly.
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Old 04-25-2012
What is the structure, if any, of the original (oldfile.txt) text file?
# 5  
Old 04-25-2012
oldfile.txt is actually in xml format.

so I guess I should have called it oldfile.xml
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Old 04-25-2012
Setting up a sed command file is relatively painless, so why not just run a sample of say 100 commands and test it against the xml file.
See how long it runs, and multiply that by 100 for 10000 entries. If the answer seems doable then be lazy.
This procedure will read the xml file once, and pass each line against the 10000 table entries.
The alternative is to pass the xml file against the table by using grep to see if the xml file even contains the find, then reducing the table size to only the ones found.
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Old 04-26-2012
The file is actually fairly big; almost 100 megs, so I'm just concerned that running through 10000+ find and replaces on a 100meg file, will be a formula for crashing.. But I'll give it a try.
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