On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 03:04:22PM -0400, An wrote: > yes, it does work perfectly with the example I gave... the actual file > is some like > > ... <span xxxx> 111 <span www> 1111no </span> </span> 2222 <span yyy> > 3333 </span> 5555 <span yyy> 6666 </span> ... > > > your command only returns ]# sed 's/\(<span > .*>.*<\/span>\)\(.*\)\(<span .*>.*<\/span>\)/\2/' file > > 5555 > > > I wish to rip all <span xxx> .* </span> and obtain
If you wish to rip out all "<span xxx> .* </span>" then the output would be: 2222 5555 If that is what you want, then try the following: sed 's/<span [a-z]*>[ 0-9a-z<>]*<\/span>//g; s/<\/span>//g' But if Perl is already doing the job for you, I think this can be put to rest. regards, joseph > ... 2222 <span yyy> 3333 </span> 5555 <span yyy> 6666 </span>... > > > i think sed should be able to do it, but the operator [ ^ ( ) ]* is > not behaving as i think it would... perl does it alright, though : s <snip> _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"