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Learning GNU Text Utilities

Mar 29, 2010, 20:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"A few weeks ago we looked at some of the GNU utilities that you can use to work with files, check MD5/SHA1 sums and check your disk usage. This time around I want to cover some of the utilities that you'll use for working with text files.

"Why text files, specifically? Well, if you're doing much work at the shell on Linux, you'll start encountering a lot of text or files that can behave like text. Log files, configuration files and output from many commands can all be manipulated with the GNU textutils.

"At one time, the GNU textutils were broken out into their own package, but a few years ago they were merged into the GNU coreutils. But for convenience sake, I'm going to keep the old moniker because that's a handy way of thinking about those tools."

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