How do I write this in BASH script? Escape Function for Sed

Posted on 2008-11-14
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Last Modified: 2013-12-26

I am doing a lot of  find / -name "*" -type f -exec sed -i 's/STRING1/STRING2/' {} \;

But I am going crazy because everytime I need to manually escape chars like / and & in STRING1 and STRING2. Is there a way to write it or perhaps to use a extra function, so I dont have to escape strings like this - > Hosted for free by <a href="http:\/\/www.fleeforum.com" target="_blank">fleeforum.com<\/a> \&copy;  

Thank you.
Question by:Octalys
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Tintin earned 2000 total points
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sed can use whatever character you like as a delimiter.  By default, most people use a forward slash as it is easier to read.

So if you have

sed -i 's#STRING1#STRING2#

then you don't need to escape any forward slashes, and that will save you most of the extra typing.'

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