Using sed to pattern match within a particular multiline block and take action

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Using sed to pattern match within a particular multiline block and take action

Hi all,
This is my first post, so please go easy if I broke some rules. Not accustomed to posting in forums... Smilie

I'm looking for help on pattern matching within a multiline block and looking to highlight blocks/block-ids that do NOT contain a particular pattern.

For example an input file might contain the following:

fruit APPLE

fruit ORANGE

fruit KIWI

In the above case, I would like the block of ORANGE or the keyword ORANGE printed, since the recognized pattern was not found.

I've been playing around with this for a while with no desired results found!! Smilie

sed -n '
/fruit /,/fruitend/ {H;g;s/\n//g;}
/fruit /,/fruitend/ !h;

Those results are the closest I can get to what I really want of:

    fruit ORANGE

being the only listed output.

I figured out another way to do it, but was hoping to do it in one sed. I figured out if I pipe it through another sed statement like this:

<PREVIOUS OUTPUT>  | sed -n 's/fruit \([A-Z]*\).*fruitend/\1/p'

That will print ORANGE only.

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-03-2012 at 08:04 PM.. Reason: code tags
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If the are empty lines between the records, you could try:
awk '!/PATTERN/' RS= infile

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With sed, try this:
sed -n '/^$/b blk;H;$b blk;b;:blk;x;s/\n//;/PATTERN/!P' <file

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Hey Guys... thanks for the replies so far.
I'm sorry that I forgot to mention that there are no blanks in between. So yeah it makes it a little more hairy. I was trying to break it apart into a bunch of easy tasks as I built out what I had gotten to so far. I'll check some of those suggestions out tomorrow out and tinker with commands to try to figure it out again tomorrow. (I'll repost if I figure something out).

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A quick solution might be to introduce the blank lines in an extra step:
awk '$1=="fruit"{print x}1' infile | awk '!/PATTERN/' RS=

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sed -n '/fruitend/b blk;H;$b blk;b;:blk;x;s/^\(fruitend\)*\n//;/PATTERN/!P' <file

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