display contents of a file w/o any comments or blank lines

egrep '^[^#]' some_file

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By: nottings
2009-02-19 17:35:52

What Others Think

grep -v "^#" some_file It's easier
n0ky75 · 491 weeks ago
or even grep -v \# some_file
wwest4 · 491 weeks ago
er... grep ^\# some_file
wwest4 · 491 weeks ago
fok! grep -v ^\# some_file jeez.
wwest4 · 491 weeks ago
awk '!/#/' file
sil · 491 weeks ago
For the fun! sed -n '/^#/!p' some_file
n0ky75 · 491 weeks ago
none of these deal w/ leading whitespace anyway. better: awk '!/(\b)?\#/' ...dealing with trailing comments is not really practical, i guess.
wwest4 · 491 weeks ago
grrrr... I forgot an important piece in the description... my command doesn't display empty lines either. Whereas, things like grep -v "^#" do
nottings · 491 weeks ago
@wwest4 seems you're struggling pretty hard. Maybe try testing your command in the shell before committing the comment? Further, what you ended up with doesn't certainly isn't as beautiful as the initial command. Further, '^[^#]' can be used in vim, less, sed, awk, and many programs making it beautiful.
atoponce · 486 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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