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How do I search and replace text in a batch of files?

bemara57
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In a folder I have about 150 files. I want to search for all instances of header.txt and replace it with header_lu.txt. Is this possible thru the a command? Thanks in advance for all the help.
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Like anything in Unix, there are many ways to skin this cat.

Here is one that might work for you:

tmpfile="$(mktemp -c -p "replacement")"
<find or ls to get list of files on stdout> | while read file
do
    awk '{
        gsub(/header[.]txt/, "header_lu.txt", $0)
        print $0
        }' < "$file" > "$tmpfile"
    cat "$tmpfile" > "$file"
done
rm -f "$tmpfile"

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Commented:
Hi bemara57,

find /path/to/folder | while read fname
do
      sed 's/header\.txt/header_lu\.txt/g' $fname > $fname.new
      mv -f $fname.new $fname
done

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Commented:
perl -i -pe 's/header\.txt/ header_lu.txt/g' folder/*
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