Batch edition of all OpenOffice.org Writer files in the current directory (body text)

bsro3 () { P=`pwd`; S=$1; R=$2; ls *.odt > /dev/null 2>&1; if [[ $? -ne 0 ]]; then exit 1; fi; for i in *.odt; do mkdir ${P}/T; cd ${P}/T; unzip -qq "$P"/"$i"; sed -i "s/$S/$R/" ${P}/T/content.xml; zip -qq -r "$P"/"$i" *; cd ${P}; rm -rf ${P}/T; done; }
This function does a batch edition of all OOO3 Writer files in current directory. It uses sed to search a FOO pattern into body text of each file, then replace it to foo pattern (only the first match) . I did it because I've some hundreds of OOO3 Writer files where I did need to edit one word in each ones and open up each file in OOO3 gui wasn't an option. Usage: bsro3 FOO foo

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You can replace all occurences using sed "s/FOO/foo/g", by the way.
halka · 647 weeks and 6 days ago
Hi Halka! Yes, you're right and I know about that, but as I just did need replace "a word" (only one occurrence), so the use of sed only for the first match. Anyway, thank you for your comment.
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