Portable Cygwin: replacing drivename in a text file

Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E] BBuchbinder@niaid.nih.gov
Sat Nov 27 03:42:00 GMT 2010

Andrew DeFaria sent the following at Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:15 AM
>  On 11/25/2010 09:35 AM, Alexandre Bezroutchko wrote:
>>> you can use a different separator in the sed command.
>>> You can use the following line
>>>   echo 123 | sed "s%2%${HOME}%g"
>> Right, this will work in most cases. But will fail if $HOME happens to
>> contains % sign.
>> The version I have suggested in the previous post is more robust.
>How often does that happen?

Use a character that is either or highly unlikely or forbidden to be in a file name.

Like < or >.

echo 123 | sed "s>2>@$HOME@>g

- Barry
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