Eric F Crist asked on Sun Jan 18, 2004: > For what purposes will I find I need to use all these tools you write about? > I'm talking about awk, ed, ex, etc. I haven't found the need to do so, yet, > but I'd like to possibly learn this stuff before I really do need it.
Logfiles and config files are usually text, and a standard set of text processing tools exist. This leads to the Unix tradition of sticking little things together. For example, I'm doing a 'make release' - there's a lot of repeated output, so it's hard to see how far it's gone if it crashes. So to save the output, I run it under the script(1) command. Then on another tty, I run tail -f /var/tmp/script | grep '^[>+]' which shows the main headings of the build process. After a while, many admin tasks start to look like text processing problems. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"