[Nottingham] Stripping lines out of a text file

James Dobson dob_3001 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Mar 13 16:18:44 GMT 2008

cat foo | grep -e LALA -e MILK > data

where 'foo' is the file your searching and 
-e is the pattern (just keep adding -e for each

and 'data' is the output put into a file



--- JJSH <stellafan at jjsh.org> wrote:

> I've got a bunch of flat files here from an acient
> database that I need 
> to tidy up so that I can import them into MySQL. The
> first thing I need 
> to do is get rid of all the junk data that I don't
> need. All of the 
> needed data is contained on lines that begin with
> one of the following;
> "Size", "EDM", "Material", "Date", "Client".
> Can anyone think of a way I can strip out all of the
> lines that don't 
> begin with one of the above, other than tediously
> going through it 
> manually (some of the files are huge)? The remaining
> data needs to be 
> kept in sequence.
> John
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