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On Tue, Sep 18, 2001 at 06:53:00AM -0400, Jesse Goerz wrote:
> On Tuesday 18 September 2001 04:38, Craig wrote:
> > Need to do an extended find and replace with VIM, anyone
> > know the syntax for me ? I have a really long named.conf
> > file I need to modify ...
> sed -e 's/what_to_find/replace_it_with_this/g' named.conf
> By default it sends all the output to stdout.  You can redirect 
> it to another file.  It does multi-line as well.  Try info sed 
> or Google it.  Very cool program.

try this instead:

perl -p -i -e 's/find/replace/g' file1 file2 file3 ... fileN

no need to mess around with temporary files, or stdout - perl edits
the file(s) in-place with the -i argument.

it can optionally make a backup copy of the file(s) before editing them.
use e.g. "-i.bak" for that.


craig sanders <cas@taz.net.au>

Fabricati Diem, PVNC.
 -- motto of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch

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