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extract element of xml

Terminal - extract element of xml
xml2 < file.xml | grep ^/path/to/element | cut -f2- -d=
2011-12-19 18:51:17
User: bandie91
Functions: cut grep
2
extract element of xml

poor man's xml parser :)

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
xmlstarlet sel -t -c "/path/to/element" file.xml
xmlstarlet sel -t -v "/path/to/element" file.xml
2011-12-21 21:49:56
User: djangofan
Tags: xmlstarlet
0

Prints the value of a XML node rather than the entire node.

xpath () { xmllint --format --shell "$2" <<< "cat $1" | sed '/^\/ >/d' }
2011-12-20 08:34:11
User: sharfah
Functions: sed
Tags: xml xmllint xpath
-1

This function uses xmllint to evaluate xpaths.

Usage: xpath /path/to/element XMLfile

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What others think

No need to pipe to grep(1) then pipe that result to cut(1) when awk(1) can handle both fine:

xml2 < file.xml | awk -F '=' '/^\/path\/to\/element/ {print $2}'
Comment by atoponce 179 weeks and 1 day ago

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