Re: Looking for a program to help with a tedious job

Subject: Re: Looking for a program to help with a tedious job
From: Sandy Harris <sandy -at- storm -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2001 14:32:55 -0500

Marguerite Krupp wrote:

> OK, I've figured out how to rename all the source files with little pain.
> The biggie is changing the names in the Frame source files. I am thinking in
> terms of some kind of script that would open each file, search for the "old"
> imported file name, replace that with the "new" imported file name, save and
> close the file, go on to the next, etc., until it reached the end of the
> book. ..

> Can anyone suggest a tool, maybe shareware (?) that will do this?

This is the sort of task where Unix shines. Save the files in Frame's MIF format
and the rest is trivial with Unix text-manipulation tools. When I taught intro
to Unix years ago, this problem was a classroom exercise.

My suggestion would be to grab a set of free Unix-like tools for NT:
AT&T's "Unix for Windows"; I don't have URL to hand

or just transfer the data to a Unix box. Presumably Cisco has a few :-)

Once you've done that, you could do the rest with sed(1), awk(1) or perl(1). The
(1)'s mean these are user commands documented in Section 1 of the manual. You read
the man pages with commands like "man 1 sed", or just "man sed".

I'd use sed(1). The program would look something like:

# loop through all MIF files
for i in *.mif
# read the current MIF file ($i)
# edit with sed, save results in temporary file
sed -f sedscript < $i > temp
# replace original with edited version
mv temp $i

and sedscript would be a large file alomg the lines of:

s/old name 1/New Name 1.0/
s/xyzzy/Some other string/

These commands are just s for substitute, replacing every occurrence of
"old name 1" with "New Name 1.0", and so on.

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