How can I search and change an specific string in a file

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How can I search and change an specific string in a file

Dear All,

New to Linux/Unix OS, my Linux version is 2010 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

As titled, I wonder if you can help to provide a solution to find and change an specific string in a file

The file include a lots of data in following configuration but might be various in different case.

c 1 0 0 0
c 2 0 0.99999997 0
c 3 0.99999997 0 0
c 4 0.99999997 0.99999997 0
c 5 0 -0.19999999 0
c 6 0.99999997 -0.19999999 0
e 1 2 1 0
e 2 4 2 0
e 3 3 4 0
e 4 5 6 2
e 5 1 5 0
e 6 6 3 0
e 7 3 1 0
r 1 silicon
r 2 oxide
t 1 1 1 3 2 2 -1024 4
t 2 1 3 4 2 -1024 1 -1024
t 3 2 1 5 6 -1022 4 -1024
t 4 2 1 6 3 -1024 1 3

What I want is to find the line which meets following criteria
1. Start with letter 't'
2. Having both string 3 and 4 in the middle three positions
3. Having string -1024 in the rear three positions

Only one line should meet said criteria, e.g.

t 2 1 3 4 2 -1024 1 -1024

(criteria are highlighted in red font)

I want to find it and change one of the '-1024' into '-1022' e.g.

t 2 1 3 4 2 -1024 1 -1022

(change are highlighted in blue font)

Thank you and I look forward to your elegant advice.
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Last edited by Corona688; 09-20-2012 at 12:12 PM..
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awk '{if($0~/^t/&&$4=="3"&&$5=="4"&&$NF=="-1024"){$NF="-1022";{print $0}}else{print $0}}' filename

# 3  
Do the lines to be changed always have 9 fields, or do we have to handle any line with an odd number (greater than or equal to 5) fields?
# 4  
awk -f a.awk infile

where a.awk:
 /^t/ {
   mf=(NF/2) + .5;
   sub("[.].*", "", mf);
   if ((($(mf-1) == 3 || $(mf) == 3 || $(mf+1) == 3) && ($(mf-1) == 4 || $(mf) == 4 || $(mf+1) == 4)) &&
     ($(NF-2) ~ /^[-]1024/ || $(NF-1) ~ /^[-]1024/ || $(NF) ~ /^[-]1024/)) {
      for (i=NF; i > 0; i-- ) {
         if ($(i) ~ /^[-]1024/ ) {
            sub("-1024", "-1022", $(i));
      print $0;


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