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Re: minimal expression

From: Pierre Gaston
Subject: Re: minimal expression
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 09:52:02 +0300

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM, xaviermasr <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm starting to use bash programming and I'd like to know if it can use
> minimal expressions (.*?) as in Perl. 'sed' command can use them, but I
> think isn't possible within bash commands (as ingrep manipulating string
> commands). My main concern is to use bash for file processing.

The answer is no, and as far as I know sed doesn' t have non greedy
regular expressions.
Awk (or perl for what it's worth) is a better choice for processing
files than bash but
also doesn't have non greedy regexp.
You can perhaps use something like "([^>]*)>" to match up to the first >

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