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Text Substitution with RPL

Jan 25, 2008, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
"Recursive text substitution in multiple files is not a task that the average end user is called upon to perform very often. But let's suppose that you have a couple of web sites either with a hosting company or on your own server. Let us suppose further, that you want to change the mailto link address on every page on your site. Not a problem if you only have 5 or 6 pages but what if you have five or six hundred? Clearly, in the absence of an automated text replacement utility, you are going to be spending a lot of quality time with the WISYWIG editor of your choice.

"Of course you could always employ the venerable 'sed' command with 'find' and 'exec' but that has limitations and the syntax is possibly the most bizarre and grotesque construction in the whole of Unix...!"

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