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Partial Match and Replace

Hi, I have a tab delimited text file like this one. I need to do a partial match of a particular cell and then replace matches with an empty cell. So here is a sample:

Code:
Smith	FordMustang	ChevroletCamaro
Miller	FordFiesta
Jones	KiaSorrento
Davis	ChevroletCamaro
Johnson	ToyotaHighlander

I need to do a partial match within "makemodel" and replace with noting. For example search "Ford" and replace these partial matching cells with nothing

Code:
Smith		ChevroletCamaro
Miller	
Jones	KiaSorrento
Davis	ChevroletCamaro
Johnson	ToyotaHighlander


Last edited by Don Cragun; 12-09-2016 at 05:06 AM.. Reason: Add CODE tags.
# 2  
as a start....
Code:
MATCH=Ford
sed -r -e "s/$MATCH[^[:space:]]+//g" file.txt

# 3  
This works. But on my real dataset, I still have a problem.

The problem is that I need

Code:
sed -E -e "s/ord[^[:space:]]+//g" file.txt

With "ord" to work, too. So it needs to be "wild carded" at the beginning of the word to work, too.

In my "real" dataset, my column has something more like this to be flagged whenever there is Ford

Code:
1998 Ford Mustang
1996 Ford Festiva

---------- Post updated at 07:19 PM ---------- Previous update was at 07:15 PM ----------

And when I use this

Code:
sed -E -e "s/.*ord[^[:space:]]+//g" file.txt

It deletes EVERYTHING before Ford. I only need that particular column cell replaced.

Last edited by Don Cragun; 12-09-2016 at 05:08 AM.. Reason: Add CODE and ICODE tags, again.
# 4  
Hi,

you can try the following:
Code:
sed -e 's/ Ford[a-zA-z]+//g' file

g is added for global replacement for given input in post #1 g is not required.

or

Code:
awk '{for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) { if ($i ~ /Ford/) $i =x; } }1' file

If it does not help, please post your input and desired output.
# 5  
Try:
Code:
del=Ford; sed "s/[^[:blank:]]*${del}[^[:blank:]]*//g" infile

or
Code:
awk -v del="Ford" '{for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) if($i~del) $i=x}1' FS='\t' OFS='\t' infile

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