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Change password in list of xml files with for and sed

Terminal - Change password in list of xml files with for and sed
for i in `ls *xml`; do sed -e 's,oldpassword,newpassword,g' $i > $i.2 && mv -f $i.2 $i ; done
2009-04-24 08:53:40
User: irraz
Functions: mv sed
Change password in list of xml files with for and sed


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
for i in *.xml; do sed -i 's/foo/bar/g' "$i"; done

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En fait l'option -i de sed sert ? modifier le fichier que tu manipules directement , sans utiliser de fichier temporaire :)

Comment by Keruspe 378 weeks and 6 days ago
touch a\ file.xml for i in `ls *xml`; do sed -e 's,oldpassword,newpassword,g' $i > $i.2 && mv -f $i.2 $i ; done

sed: can't read a: No such file or directory

sed: can't read file.xml: No such file or directory

Broken. Do you really have plaintext-passwords in your xml-files? Scary...

Comment by OJM 378 weeks and 6 days ago

This is stupid. Please, remove it!!!

The proper way of doing this is:

for i in *.xml; do sed -i 's/foo/bar/g' "$i"; done
Comment by ubersoldat 378 weeks and 6 days ago


sed -i 's/foo/bar/g' *.xml


perl -i -pe 's/foo/bar/g' *.xml
Comment by tedkozma 365 weeks and 5 days ago

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