commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.
You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.
Subscribe to the feed for:
Here's a perl version that only considers printable characters. Change the regex /[[:print:]]/ to look for different sets of delimiter characters.
There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!
Scan a file and print out a list of ASCII characters that are not used in the file which can then be safely used to delimit fields. Useful when needing to convert CSV files using "," to a single character delimiter. Piping it into less at the end (which could be redundant) stops the command characters being interpreted by the terminal.
Search in decimal rather than hex. od dumps the character list, cut to remove offsets, sort -u gives the used characters. seq gives the comparison list, but we need this sorted alphabetically for comm, which does the filtering. I drop to perl to convert back to characters (is there a better way?) and then use od to dump them in a print-safe format.
If you can do better, submit your command here.
You must be signed in to comment.