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# 1  
Old 12-30-2008
Sed command to clean xml tag

Can someone help me come up with a generic sed command to clean a tag off its attributes?

For eg.
Input String - <tag attrib=new>This String</tag>
should undergo a sed transformation to get
Output String - <tag >This String</tag>

This works -
echo "<tag attrib=new>This</tag>" | sed -e 's/\([^<\/A-Za-z]\)[^>]*>/\1>/g'

<tag >This</tag>

However, the moment i add a space in there - it goes for a toss
echo "<tag attrib=new>This String</tag>" | sed -e 's/\([^<\/A-Za-z]\)[^>]*>/\1>/g'

<tag >This >

Resolved the above issue using a single replace -
echo "<tag attrib=new>This String</tag>" | sed -e 's/\([^<\/A-Za-z]\)[^>]*>/\1>/'

<tag >This String</tag>

However, it does not handle the scenario -
echo " <tag attrib=new>This String</tag>" | sed -e 's/\([^<\/A-Za-z]\)[^>]*>/\1>/'

>This String</tag>

Any inputs on this will be of great help.

Last edited by iamwha1am; 12-30-2008 at 06:28 PM..
# 2  
Old 12-30-2008


echo "<tag attrib=new>This lousy winter day</tag>" \
    | sed -e 's#<\([^ ]*\)[^>]*>\([^<]*\)\(</\1>\)#<\1>\2\3#g'

<tag>This lousy winter day</tag>

HTH Chris
# 3  
Old 12-30-2008
Wow. That approach works great. Thanks Chris.
Also, can you help me understand - how could i have changed the original approach to take care of this - 'cos i have a feeling that i was nearly there (or maybe not!!)
# 4  
Old 12-30-2008
Simply the "g" at the end of the sed command. You want sed
to only execute one substitution, the first.

Your corrected code:
echo "<tag attrib=new>This String</tag>" \
    | sed -e 's/\([^<\/A-Za-z]\)[^>]*>/\1>/'

<tag >This String</tag>

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