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Re: [SLE] OT: I need to replace a certain string in a bunch of files
  • From: Gerhard den Hollander <gerhard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 09:18:33 +0200
  • Message-id: <20010427091830.J2382@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
* Timothy R.Butler <tbutler@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Thu, Apr 26, 2001 at 09:35:09PM -0500)
> Hi everyone,
> I'm looking for a way to replace every instance of a certain text string in
> about nine files. What's more, what I'm looking for preferably needs to
> replace these items recusively, as I have the aformentioned string in a
> directory, and it's subdirectory.

> Any ideas? For some reason I have the feeling I am going to need to get to
> know "sed." <rant>If only I could get a version of UltraEdit for Linux, I
> wouldn't have this problem... :-( Unfortunately I can't find a text editor
> for Linux that has a multi-document interface/project interface, so it can do
> a "Replace in all Project files."</rant>
> <sigh>

find . -exec perl -pi -e 's/ORIGINALWORD/RAPLACEMENTWORD/;' {} \;

If you only want to do this in certaing files (say with a .html extension)
find . -name \*.html -exec perl -pi -e 's/ORIGINALWORD/RAPLACEMENTWORD/;' {} \;

If you only want to do this in files older than 10 days
find . -mtime +10 -exec perl -pi -e 's/ORIGINALWORD/RAPLACEMENTWORD/;' {} \;

find is your friend,
and perl rules.

If you feel like learning sed, don';t bother and start learning perl in

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