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Old 11-15-2011
Network ls fed into sed help

I am writing a file that will delete a line from all files in a directory.
sed "/#Text_to_be_deleted/d" #files_from_ls >tmp
mv tmp #files_from_ls

For some reason, whenever I test it, it will not delete the line, but it will work if I enter only one file. Is there a way to fix this?
# 2  
Old 11-16-2011
You may want to consider using grep with its -v option.

Are you invoking sed with more than one file? Can you provide a more realistic example?
# 3  
Old 11-16-2011
try this....

if u want to work with all the files in the current directory, you may to use a looping structure,
ls > ./list.txt
while read line
  sed "/#Text_to_be_deleted/d" $line >tmp
  mv tmp $line
done < ./list.txt
rm ./list.txt

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Old 11-16-2011
Better to do cat tmp >"$line" since this won't alter file permissions and so forth, which replacing might.

You're forgetting to delete your tmp file.

You also don't need to store the files in the temporary file list.txt, you can pipe them straight into the while loop:

# CREATE A BACKUP!  You're overwriting your originals, what if something went wrong?
tar -cf ~/sed-backup.tar ./

ls | while read line
        sed "/#Text_to_be_deleted/d" "$line" >tmp
        cat tmp>"$line"
rm -f tmp

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