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sed to remove text from file

Trying to use sed to, in-place, remove specific text from a file. Since there are / in the text I use | to escape that character. Thank you Smilie.

Code:
sed -i -e 's|xxxx://www.xxx.com/xx/xx/xxx/.*/|' /home/cmccabe/list
sed: -e expression #1, char 51: unterminated `s' command

# 2  
It is missing a | character
# 3  
This doesen't seem to work although it does run:

Code:
sed -i -e 's|^|xxxx://www.xxx.com/xxx/xx/xxxx/list/|' /home/cmccabe/list

Thank you Smilie.
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Originally Posted by cmccabe
This doesen't seem to work although it does run:

Code:
sed -i -e 's|^|xxxx://www.xxx.com/xxx/xx/xxxx/list/|' /home/cmccabe/list

Thank you Smilie.
Hi cmccabe,

You are going to have to explain a bit more what you mean by "This [doesn't] seem to work". There is not much going on there.
sed will place the string: xxxx://www.xxx.com/xxx/xx/xxxx/list/ in front of every line and edit the file list.

You might need to explain your expectation and maybe show some bits of the result.

For troubleshooting you might want to test as:
Code:
echo "^This was the beginning before" | sed 's|^|xxxx://www.xxx.com/xxx/xx/xxxx/list/|'

Code:
xxxx://www.xxx.com/xxx/xx/xxxx/list/^This was the beginning before

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You want to substitute the matching text with nothing. Then it is
Code:
sed -i -e 's|xxxx://www.xxx.com/xx/xx/xxx/.*/||'

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