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Easy-peasy:  Script to delete duplicate lines in a file

Posted on 2006-11-21
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This should be really simple, i know, but i'm quite new to scripting and i just don't have any idea how to do it.

Imagine a process that returns a list of paths, with the form:

aaa/bbb/ccc
aaa/bbb/ccc
aaa/bbb/ccc
ddd/eee/fff
ddd/eee/fff
ddd/eee/fff
bbb/ccc/ddd
bbb/ccc/ddd
.
.
.

what script will reduce that to a file that just has:

aaa/bbb/ccc
ddd/eee/fff
bbb/ccc/ddd

and nothing else?

Currrently i've tried this:

# FileList is the file that's being created.

: > FileList
<first process> |
while read "b"
        do
        c=`dirname "$b"`
        d=`sed -n '/"$c"/p' FileList`
        if [ "$d" = "$c" ]
                then
                        continue
                else
                        echo "$c" >> List
                fi
        done

I've tried a few other variations, all based around this theme, but can't seem to get it to work.  Any and all ideas are welcome, and wordy explanations are preferred.  ;-)
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try: uniq original > uniqued.txt
Note: uniq only deletes duplicates that follows one by another. ie if Your file have
aaa/bbb/aaa
aaa/ccc/aaa
aaa/bbb/aaa

uniq will do nothing.
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by:kyle_in_taiwan
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Cool.  I've been able to wrangle a solution out of that one already.  Thanks.
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