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# 1  
Old 04-14-2002
sed option to delete two words within a file

Could someone please help me with the following.

I'm trying to figure out how to delete two words within a specific file using sed.

The two words are directory and named.

I have tried the following:

sed '/[directory|named]/d' sedfile
sed '/[directory named]/d' sedfile

both of these options do not work.....

# 2  
Old 04-15-2002
Are you trying to delete the line containing the word(s) or trying to delte the words only.

sed 's/yourword//g' yourfile > newfile - To delte the words only
sed 's/yourword/d' yourfile > new file - to delte the line containing the words

Use - s/firstword.*secondword//g - For matching two words.

Hope this is useful.
# 3  
Old 04-15-2002
Still having some trouble deleting firstword

First off, I want to say thank inpavan for the help. To answer inpavens question regarding what I am trying to delete, I am trying to delete two words within a file. The file is about 80 lines in length. I do not want to delete any line just the words discovery and named.

1. The sed 's/yourword//g' yourfile > newfile - To delte the words only worked to delete either word, but only one word at a time.

2. The use of sed 's/firstword.*secondword//g' filename worked only to delete the secondword, the first word was ignored.

I am trying to figure out how to delete two words at the same time.

Again thanks for the help.


Smilie Smilie
# 4  
Old 04-15-2002
The -e flag with sed can be used to specify multiple actions.... so try

sed -e s/firstword//g -e s/secondword//g myfile > new_myfile

Keep in mind that if you want the spaces that may have appeared before or after the words to go as well - then add the spaces to the sed commands...... i.e s/firstword //g
# 5  
Old 04-15-2002
Thanks for the help.


I just wanted to say thanks, you answered my question. This site is execellent to budding unix users.

Best Regards,


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