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Show a script or config file without comments or blank lines

Terminal - Show a script or config file without comments or blank lines
egrep -v "^$|^#" file
2011-05-23 11:39:24
User: wincus
Functions: egrep
Show a script or config file without comments or blank lines


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
egrep -v "^$|^[[:space:]]*#" /etc/some/file
2009-05-12 07:14:48
User: michauko
Functions: egrep
Tags: egrep

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 :)

While posting, I saw this http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1041/display-contents-of-a-file-wo-any-comments-or-blank-lines

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
sed -e 's/#.*//;/^\s*$/d'
egrep -v "^[[:blank:]]*($|#|//|/\*| \*|\*/)" somefile
grep -v ^# /etc/somefile.conf | grep .
2011-05-17 01:24:08
User: kad
Functions: grep
Tags: grep

easier to remember

grep -v -e '^$' -e '^[#\[]' -e '\/' some_file
2015-07-17 21:28:14
User: abhikeny
Functions: grep
Tags: grep no-match

Grep for:

>> non-empty lines : denoted by -v -e '^$'

>> that do not start with # (comments) or : denoted by -v -e '^[#\]'

>> and does not include : denoted by -v -e '\'

(Note that we use -v only once)

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