Regex Expression Replace

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Regex Expression Replace

I have a XML file where there is a tag with like

<wd:address_line_1>1234 Street</wd:address_line_1>

I want to replace the values "1234 Street" with "Test Data". Different people have different address lines and i want to replace with a fixed value to mask the file. I was trying to use sed with regex but mostly the characters like < and </ . Need some help on this.

Last edited by jim mcnamara; 07-24-2017 at 03:31 PM..
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Is the address line always like you describe, so that the two "keys" are:
one at the start of the line
the next always at the end of the line follwed by a \n
-- and the address lines are always on a single line ??

If so,
awk ' /^wd:address_line_/  {sub("\>.*\<", ">Test data"<") }
        {print} '  somefile.xml

Last edited by jim mcnamara; 07-24-2017 at 03:47 PM..
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awk: cmd. line:1: warning: escape sequence `\>' treated as plain `>'
awk: cmd. line:1: warning: escape sequence `\<' treated as plain `<'
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In this case it is just a warning, but they should not be there*, so remove the back slashes. The issue in this case is with

which should be changed to


An alternative approach would be:

awk '/^wd:address_line_/{$2="Test data"}1' RS=\< ORS=\< FS=\> OFS=\> file.xml

*Note: In GNU awk \< and \> have a special meaning (left and right word boundary).

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 07-24-2017 at 05:47 PM..
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awk '/^wd:address_line_/{$2="Test data"}1' RS=\< ORS=\< FS=\> OFS=\> file.xml

samething i am doing for national_id but both national_id and national_id_type is getting replaced. I need only one to be replaced.

Last edited by Corona688; 07-25-2017 at 12:08 PM..
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Use code tags for code please. [code]stuff[/code]
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An attempt with sed
sed '
s|\(<wd:address_line_1\)>.*<|\1>Test data<|
s|\(<wd:national_id\)>.*<|\1>Test data2<|

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