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Old 09-23-2002
Can anyone help with a sed command?

I have data that I need to "massage" in order to correct it prior to sending to be processed.

Below is 1 record of many.

0000011800000000159426750146341107193523234406252002AV765156210 45330 FLME0083489G56109FLME0083489G56109000000000000000000000000000000000660000000000000000000000000000000 00000660200

There is a ^M at the end of every record.

The data within the record that I need to change is:


Where I want to change the G56109 to be replaced with blank spaces. This pattern is located 2 times in each record with FLME####### preceeds the data I want to change.

I know the exact position in each line that I want to either take out or change. I just don't know what would be the easiest route to take.

Could I perform a "cut" of the file and possibly "paste" in 6 blank spaces that I need in the 2 different places? Or is there a "sed" command that would be more efficient?

Any help is certainly apprecaited.
# 2  
Old 09-23-2002
Re: Can anyone help with a sed command?

Originally posted by Docboyeee
Where I want to change the G56109 to be replaced with blank spaces. This pattern is located 2 times in each record
I would just use:
sed 's/G56109/      /g'

# 3  
Old 09-23-2002
Thanks for the reply.. but.. that won't help. The G##### is simply a pattern that falls precisely in the file. If the numerical values associated with G remained constant then your command would work for me.

If there was a command where I could search for FLME and once I found FLME within the data line, I could change the data in positions 8-13 AFTER encountering FLME to contain six blank spaces, that would work, just don't know the command.

I do know the position of the data in each record that I want to change to spaces. They are 225-230 and 242-247. I thought of cut and paste but am not sure exactly how to paste 6 blank spaces in the line at those positions. UGH!!!
# 4  
Old 09-23-2002
Well then, how about:
sed 's/\(FLME.....\)G...../\1      /g'

I may have the exact number of dots wrong, but you get the picture.
# 5  
Old 09-23-2002
I tried that code... but I am missing something.

Here is a pasting of several records.

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

You will notice that the data I need to change varies.. it could start with a G or a D or even an E or possibly some other variable. Is there a way to just simply replace those positions in the file with blank spaces? Im missing something.. and I know it's right in front of me..
# 6  
Old 09-23-2002
If the G is not constant data, replace the G with a dot in my sed statement.
# 7  
Old 09-23-2002
This is the results I get.

1$ sed 's/\(FLME.......\)......\1 /g' < ahca.rpt > me

sed: 0602-404 Function s/\(FLME.......\)......\1 /g cannot be parsed.
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