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Old 03-19-2002
Maximum size of sed file...

The sed -f option (reading sed commands from a file) seems to have a limit of 200 transactions per file. I can't see anything in the man pages about this restriction.

I have a file with several thousand sed commands I need to perform (substitutions) - and while I can split the file into chunks of 200 fairly easily - I wonder if there is a way to define the sed file limitation? Seems a very small number for such a function.
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Old 03-19-2002

wow, several thousand sed commands on 1 file!!?? i was not aware of a limitation but i will take a look and see if I find anything, if i can ask, what type of file are you doing this to? and did you use sed to create the sed file? that is some extreme sed programming you got going on
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Old 03-19-2002
Yes - sed was used in creating the sed file.....

The purpose for this is to apply an encryption algorithm against a field within each record of a large file.

1. I first extract all of the values in a certain field from each record.
2. I then apply an encryption algorithim to each value in this new file and that creates another file.
3. I then 'paste' the two files together - which leaves me with 2 columns - tab telimited - first column of raw data - second column encrypted data.
4. I use a series of sed commands to change each line to 's/old/new/g'
5. I then use the output of this as a sed file - which I split into a number of smaller sed files (due to this limitation) and apply the substitutions in each file against the original file - effectively substituting all the raw data in each record for its encrypted equivalent.
6. I then do each of these steps (1-5) against a number of different files. (there are a couple of spurious steps such as removing header records etc when creating the sed files - but they're not that relevant).

The original files are flat (text) files. And when the big sed file with all the substitutions iscreated- there are 1,000s of rows. The limitation seems to actually be 199 commands in a sedfile (as 200 stops with the too many arguements error).

Extreme programming - I assure you it's far from it.

I know there are other ways to do this - i.e. 1 record at a time.... but that seems fairly inefficient.

Last edited by peter.herlihy; 03-19-2002 at 08:58 PM..
# 4  
Old 03-19-2002
thats AWESOME..........
i suppose you are talking about splitting up the sed file and then calling the sed commands in a shell script. sounds like the quick fix and running them against the previously changed file. i don't have access to check now but i'll post if i find anything
# 5  
Old 03-19-2002
Yeah - bang on.... I take the large sed file (1,000s) of rows and 'split' into chunks of 199 rows. Then for each of these split files - use sed -f - agsint the original file (renaming it back to it's original name after each sed file is applied)
# 6  
Old 03-20-2002
for loop

Sounds like a perfect job for a "for loop" or for something like this.

Something like this. If you have multiple sed commands you can only have one here and use some criteria as below to make the loop continue until all of your data is changed.

for name in `cat original.file`
Paste your stuff here.

done 2> /save/to/error/log

Sounds like you have a starting file that you pull a field out of to create a new file. Then you take that column of data and create a new file and then perform the algorithm and then paste both columns into another file with only the 2 columns in it.

Is that correct? Can you post what you have? It is hard to answer without seeing your script.

# 7  
Old 03-20-2002
Here's the script that I have used. The performs the encryption of a a single column file only and creates a new single column file. (that cannot be changed).

All original input files are *.ABC (I've changed the names of the files for putting it up here for obvious reasons).

There are header rows - so I remove them as they are the only rows that have .ABC or .abc in them.
Some fields are blank (a few only) - so I remove these from the substitue to avoid the error when replacing nulls.
Sedformat has the commands to format the large file into s/old/new/g

for y in *.ABC; do awk -F, '{print $3 }' $y | sort -u > $y.raw; done &&
for z in *.raw; do grep -v "\.ABC" $z > temp; mv temp $z; done &&
for z in *.raw; do grep -v "\.abc" $z > temp; mv temp $z; done &&
for z in *.raw; do grep -v " " $z > temp; mv temp $z; done &&
for x in *.raw; do e $x; paste $x crypt.out > $x.sedfile; done 2>/dev/null &&
for w in *.sedfile; do sed -f sedformat $w > temp; mv temp $w; done &&
for v in *.sedfile; do split -199 $v $v; done &&
rm *sedfile &&
for u in *.ABC; do for t in $u.raw.sedfile*; do sed -f $t $u > temp; mv temp $u; done; done &&
rm *.raw* crypt.out

I know it's not the greatest code in the world - it does work however which is fairly important! Any suggestions for enhancements would be great.
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