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Could someone please put me out of my mystery and give me a suitable sed expression to extract fields 4 and 5 from the following,

1.2.3.4 [05/Feb/2013:06:25:29 +0000] 0.034 0.070 - 200 "Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0"

this will result in output
0.034 0.070

Thanks
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Question by:brothertom
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STRING='1.2.3.4 [05/Feb/2013:06:25:29 +0000] 0.034 0.070 - 200 "Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate, max-age=0"'

echo $STRING |sed 's/^.*\] //; s/ -.*$//'

Same with "perl:

echo $STRING |perl -pe 's/^.*\] //; s/ -.*$//'

"awk" will do as well:

echo $STRING |awk -F"] | -" '{print $2}'

or "cut":

echo $STRING | cut -f2 -d"]" |cut -f1 -d"-" |cut -f2-3 -d" "

Finally, variable editing:

STRING=${STRING##*] }; STRING=${STRING%% -*}; echo $STRING

P.S.: A "grep" solution, just for fun:

echo $STRING | grep -oE "[0-9]*\.[0-9]{3} [0-9]*\.[0-9]{3}"
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by:brothertom
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Cool, thanks
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by:tel2
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Nice work, wmp!

My only comment is that the cut solution:
    echo $STRING | cut -f2 -d"]" |cut -f1 -d"-" |cut -f2-3 -d" "
could have been simply:
    echo $STRING | cut -d" " -f4-5
which is shorter (and possibly more efficient) than all the other solutions.
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