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sed - command garbled

Posted on 2008-10-09
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Hi all,

i have this sed line below whcih is working fine.

echo "enter name"
read name
echo "enter shell"
read shell

sed -n "/$name/s/^\(.*:\).*$/\1$shell/p" /etc/passwd

The problem is:

when i enter shell as /bin/bash , the sed command gives me "command garbled" error
but when i enter shell as bash, the sed command works fine..

anyone know why?

thank you



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by:omarfarid
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since the first has / in it (/bin/bash) this causes sed to confuse it with its own separator /

so change to

sed -n "/$name/s#^\(.*:\).*$#\1$shell#p" /etc/passwd
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by:c00kie88
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Hi omarfarid,

It's no different. It still comes up command garbled
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sed -n "/$name/s#^\(.*:\).*\$#\1$shell#p"
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I think the slashes are causing the problem

start simple, then add up

echo /usr/omar | sed 's#omar#farid#'

then add other stuff
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by:c00kie88
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Hi ozo,

It works :P "Perfect"

Thank you

Damn! just one forward slash
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