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developerWorks: Save Time with Text Editing One-Liners

Jan 18, 2007, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)

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"... you can often do an editing job at the command line more quickly than it takes to open the file in a text editor. A complex editing procedure can be programmed and specified from the command line and executed across multiple files, eliminating all unnecessary screen display, cursor motion, and manual interaction with the files. A good tactic is to keep a cache of relevant one-liners on hand to do common editing jobs. Not only do they save you time, especially in batch operations involving multiple files, but you can also use them in scripts."

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