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

egrep '^[^#]' some_file

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

What Others Think

grep -v "^#" some_file It's easier
n0ky75 · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
or even grep -v \# some_file
wwest4 · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
er... grep ^\# some_file
wwest4 · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
fok! grep -v ^\# some_file jeez.
wwest4 · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
awk '!/#/' file
sil · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
For the fun! sed -n '/^#/!p' some_file
n0ky75 · 660 weeks and 6 days ago
none of these deal w/ leading whitespace anyway. better: awk '!/(\b)?\#/' ...dealing with trailing comments is not really practical, i guess.
wwest4 · 660 weeks and 6 days 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 · 660 weeks and 6 days 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 · 656 weeks 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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