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Shows a file without comments (at least those starting by #)
- removes empty lines
- removes lines starting by # or "some spaces/tabs then #'"
Useful when you want to quickly see what you have to customize on a freshly installed application without reading the comments that sometimes are a full 1000 lines documentation :)
But it's dirty and incomplete, to my mind
My original goal was to remove lines like "\t*#" but I can't figure out how to do a egrep '\t' on a command-line. Two workarounds if needed:
egrep -v 'press control + V then TAB then #' /your/file
egrep -v -f some_file /your/file #where some_file contains what you want to exclude, example a really inserted TAB
Strips comments from at least bash and php scripts. Normal # and // as well as php block comments
removes all of the:
lines beginning with #
lines beginning with //
lines beginning with /*
lines beginning with a space and then *
lines beginning with */
It also deletes the lines if there's whitespace before any of the above.
Add an alias to use in .bashrc like this:
alias stripcomments="sed -e '/^[[:blank:]]*#/d; s/[[:blank:]][[:blank:]]*#.*//' -e '/^$/d' -e '/^\/\/.*/d' -e '/^\/\*/d;/^ \* /d;/^ \*\//d'"
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