Get File Names from touch commands

touch files.txt; cat | while read line; do x=`echo $line | sed 's/touch \([a-z0-9\.]\+.*.pdf\);.*/\1/'`; echo $x >> files.txt ; done;
retrieve file names back from touch commands for them
Sample Output
touch 01_intro.compressed.pdf; sleep 0.1;
touch 02_points.compressed.pdf; sleep 0.1;
touch 03_points.pdf; sleep 0.1;
touch lewis_pca_derivs.pdf; sleep 0.1;
touch shlens_pca.pdf; sleep 0.1;


What Others Think

You have "data" in a fixed format. That seems to be a job for awk or sed. The delimiters are different: first space, then semicolon, so I'll use sed. . sed 's/^[^ ]\+ \([^;]\+\).*/\1/' input.txt > output.txt . sed s/search/replace/ . ^ beginning of line [^ ]\+ multiple NOT space characters (a space) \( \) remember this for later [^;]\+ multiple NOT semicolon characters .* the rest of the line \1 the text we found between the \( \)
flatcap · 292 weeks and 6 days 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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