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Old 09-09-2002
sed command breakdown

sed -n '/[0-9]\{10\}E[1-2]/p' $filename | sort >> $filename.sorted

Could somebody please give me a breakdown of what exactly each part of this sed statement does, I have inherited a production script, and know that basically it sorts a file that looks like this

(20 spaces here) 0304053456e17347983740284738495

Notice the 31st/32nd character (including the 20 spaces) there is an e1 or e2) as far as I can determine, its taking all the e1's, putting them into a file called $filename.Sorted ($filename variable is created earlier in the script) Then taking all the e2's and appending them to the end of that file. .In the above example the destination file looks like this


Note the e1's are at the top and all e2,s are at the bottom. Im specifically interested in the first portion "sed -n '/[0-9]\{10\}e[1-2]/p' "

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated

Last edited by hcclnoodles; 09-09-2002 at 07:16 AM..
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Old 09-09-2002
The sed statement to select lines that have 10 digits followed by "E" followed by "1" or "2". These lines are sent to the sort process. The E2's are at the end because the file is sorted.
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