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sed & awk

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sed & awk describes two text processing programs that are mainstays of the UNIX programmer's toolbox.

sed is a "stream editor" for editing streams of text that might be too large to edit as a single file, or that might be generated on the fly as part of a larger data processing step. The most common operation done with sed is substitution, replacing one block of text

Paperback, 2nd Edition, 434 pages
Published March 11th 1997 by O'Reilly Media (first published March 1st 1997)
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I really don't care for this book. It's probably OK if I wanted to read the entire thing to learn to use sed and awk, but it makes a poor reference. Virtually every time I have turned to this book to learn how to do something in sed or awk, I was left disappointed. The information may be there, but I couldn't find it by browsing the book.
Chris Maguire
sed & awk is an interesting history lesson; it is clear, well-written and interesting. I personally have no current use for either sed or awk, but I know have a very good idea of what they are capable of so I can consider them tools in my programmer tool belt.

If I needed to do some quick and dirty edits then I might use sed or awk, but for anything involved I would use programming high level language that I already know such as Clojure or Java.
It's possible that knowing sed and awk is the most unglamorous skill one can possibly have as a software engineer. Nevertheless, I bought this book and have used sed quite frequently through out my career, because I do a lot of crude text parsing. It's a good book, and the colophon is even cooler than the O'Reilly vi book. Long live O'Reilly!
carl  theaker

Handy reference used with 'The AWK Programming Language'
as it also contains sed.
Used awk for a lot of statistical analysis on large text files.
Handy once you get used to it.

And I need a reference as 16 minutes after you write this
stuff, you can't tell what it is doing.

Ivan Idris
Sed and awk are Unix power tools. Actually Awk is more of a programming language. This book is a good tutorial on both tools. Apparently it is one of the most popular books on the subject.
Excellent reference on sed&awk, provides clear examples. I found the book easy to follow and to understand. It will serve as a reference for me in future.
I've happily forgotten everything I learned. :-)
concise, and written very clearly.
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