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Edit all "text" files (exclude binary and directories) in the current directory

Terminal - Edit all "text" files (exclude binary and directories) in the current directory
ls . | xargs file | grep text | sed "s/\(.*\):.*/\1/" | xargs gedit
2010-02-08 02:06:40
User: matthewbauer
Functions: file grep ls sed xargs
Edit all "text" files (exclude binary and directories) in the current directory


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Hmm... It's a bit unwieldy.

First, you don't need to ls, because you can run "file *".

Then you've got two uses of xargs. Yes, it will work, but if you've got *that* many files I think gedit will probably freak out.

Next, you use sed to replace something of the form "x:y" with "x". Why not just delete the ":y" part? "sed 's/:[^:]*//'"?

Finally, this command doesn't work if the filenames have spaces in them. I'll have a think about that :-)

gedit $(file * | grep text | sed 's/:[^:]*$//')
Comment by flatcap 337 weeks and 2 days ago

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