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HI, how can delete all the lines contains certain string using sed or other tools?
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by:ozo
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sed -e '/certain string/ d' < oldfile > newfile
grep -v 'certain string' < oldfile > newfile
perl -i -ne 'print unless /certain string/' file
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by:richrussell
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As ozo said, you can do with sed, grep, perl, awk etc.

Personally I'd use grep -v (find all lines not containing string).

cat infile | grep -v 'certain string' >outfile ; mv -r outfile infile

But there's lots and lots of ways of doing this.
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by:xz02
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Thank you very much. It works. Suppose I want to do the thing for
all *.dat files under the directory, what should I do then?
Thanks again.
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by:ozo
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perl -i -ne 'print unless /certain string/' *.dat

  or in sh

for name in *.dat ;do
  grep -v 'certain string' <$name >outfile
  mv outfile $name
done

  or in csh

foreach name ( *.dat )
  sed -e '/certain string/ d' <$name >outfile
  mv outfile $name
end
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by:braveheart
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ping
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ksb earned 40 total points
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The answers above (grep -v, sed -e '/pat/d', and Perl) are all correct if you want to replicate the file or do the task in a stream (pipe line).

If you really want to delete the lines from the file you can use the ed or ex text editor with a here document for input.  For example to delete the pat "kill" from the file /etc/motd

  cd /etc
  ed - motd <<!
  1,$g/kill/d
  w
  q
  !

Would do the trick.
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