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grep and regular expressions :

I wrote a simple korn shell where I am trying to filter all the good record layouts of a file to only leave the bad ones to look at. That file is hudge. Aside from '# comments' and 'var=ssss', all record should follow a specific record layout, with comma seperated fields. Some fields can have any value, others a choice of 4-5 different values.

First I tried running the script but noticed at the end that some grep didn't filter out some cases. So I tried them one by one until i got to the grep4 creation. It doesn't filter out the case it looks for.

grep -v -i '^#' filea.txt >grep1.tmp
grep -v -i "=" grep1.tmp >grep2.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,infrastructure,slow,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep2.tmp >grep3.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep3.tmp >grep4.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,infrastructure,hybrid,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep4.tmp >grep5.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,??,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep5.tmp >grep6.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,??,slow,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep6.tmp >grep7.tmp
grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,??,hybrid,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep7.tmp >grep8.tmp
cat grep8.tmp | more
rm grep?.tmp

grep3.tmp file

>grep -v -i "^*.aaa.bbb.ccc,*,??,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__" grep3.tmp | more,uslastm007zfsx6-zfs-gaw,us,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__,uslastm007zfsx6-zfs-gaw,us,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__,uslastm007zfsx6-zfs-gaw,us,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__

Are some of my grep characters special reserved ones ?
Why doesn't it work ?
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You miss quite basic concepts of regex, try to browse thru these forums and FAQs and learn regex, for your current problem, try something like this:
grep -v -i "^[^\.]*\.aaa\.bbb\.ccc,[^,]*,us,infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__$" grep3.tmp

Explanation of above code:
^[^\.]*\.       Parse from the begining of the line until it finds first "." dot.
\.              A "\" is being used here to escape dot's sepcieal feature in regex.
aaa\.bbb\.ccc,  Search for aaa.bbb.ccc,
[^,]*,          Parse until it finds next "," comma
                And rest is simple string until end of line "$"

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grep -v -i "^[^.]*\.aaa\.bbb\.ccc,[^,]*,[^,][^,],infrastructure,fast,__NONE__,__NONE__"

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