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grep -r -l xxxxx . | xargs perl -i -pe "s/xxxxx/yyyyy/g"
2009-02-06 08:18:50
User: hassylin
Functions: grep perl xargs
-1

This script first find all files which contains word xxxxx recursively. Then replace the word xxxxx to yyyyy of the files.

Use case:

- Web site domain change

- Function name change of the program

find . -name "*.txt" | xargs perl -pi -e 's/old/new/g'
2009-02-06 00:28:03
User: neztach
Functions: find perl xargs
6

syntax follows regular command line expression.

example: let's say you have a directory (with subdirs) that has say 4000 .php files.

All of these files were made via script, but uh-oh, there was a typo!

if the typo is "let's go jome!" but you meant it to say "let's go home!"

find . -name "*.php" | xargs perl -pi -e "s/let\'s\ go\ jome\!/let\'s\ go\ home\!/g"

all better :)

multiline: find . -name "*.php" | xargs perl -p0777i -e 's/knownline1\nknownline2/replaced/m'

indescriminate line replace: find ./ -name '*.php' | xargs perl -pi -e 's/\".*$\"/\new\ line\ content/g'

perl -pi -e 's/THIS/THAT/g' fileglob*
2009-02-05 19:19:52
User: elofland
Functions: perl
2

changes THIS to THAT in all files matching fileglob* without using secondary files

perl -e '$b="bork"; while(<STDIN>){$l=`$_ 2>&1`; $l=~s/[A-Za-z]+/$b/g; print "$l$b\@$b:\$ ";}'
2009-02-05 18:33:40
User: fonik
Functions: perl
3

Bork, bork, bork!

To keep it short, the first terminal line doesn't show a prompt.

perl -pi -e 's/localhost/replacementhost/g' *.php
perl -i -pe "s/old/new/g" *
2009-02-05 12:07:27
User: pandres
Functions: perl
-1

Replaces every ocurrence of 'old' for 'new' in all files specified. After the 'i' char you can put a '~' or whatever to create a backup file for each replaced with the name equal to the original plus character.

function sshdel { perl -i -n -e "print unless (\$. == $1)" ~/.ssh/known_hosts; }
2009-02-03 16:20:50
User: xsawyerx
Functions: perl
-1

sometimes you got conflicts using SSH (host changing ip, ip now belongs to a different machine) and you need to edit the file and remove the offending line from known_hosts. this does it much easier.

perl -pi.bk -e's/foo/bar/g' file1 file2 fileN
2009-01-29 09:51:11
User: xsawyerx
Functions: perl
10

the addition of ".bk" to the regular "pie" idiom makes perl create a backup of every file with the extension ".bk", in case it b0rks something and you want it back

perl -pi -e's/foo/bar/g' file1 file2 fileN
2009-01-29 09:47:01
User: xsawyerx
Functions: perl
0

The "g" at the end is for global, meaning replace all occurrences and not just the first one.