bash one liner to change/remove test pattern from config file or text file.


I had a directory with a lot of config files in the ini file format, i.e. name and value separated by equals. Some/all of these contained some directory names and other values which had to be replaced. But there were other place where I should not not replace them, if there was no exact match. I also needed to have a backup copy of the file that I was modifying. Since the number of files that I needed to change was multiple so was quite difficult to do it without using some script.


for i in $(grep -l \’/opt/amitag\’  *) ;

do sed \’[email protected]/opt/amitag/@@\’ $i >${i}.new;

mv $i{,.bak};

mv $i{.new,} ;


I was doing it in a box where sed did not have the -i option and hence I had to write sed output to different file, and then move the files back and forth. You can change the string \”/opt/amitag\” in the above commands to anything you like 🙂