"\s" in sed?

DJ Lucas dj at linuxfromscratch.org
Mon Mar 7 22:48:42 PST 2011

On 03/07/2011 09:13 AM, Tadeus (Eus) Prastowo wrote:
> Hi!
> I am in 6.33. Perl-5.12.3 when I read the following sed command:
> sed -i -e "s|BUILD_ZLIB\s*= True|BUILD_ZLIB = False|"
> Although I see that "\s" means space character, I cannot find "\s"
> documented in the info file. Quick googling also does not return a
> good result about "\s". Where do you guys find that "\s" other than in
> the source code?
> Thanks.

Google for "regular expressions" or more commonly referred to as "regex" 

Here is a whole site dedicated to it that I just found:


http://www.regular-expressions.info/reference.html contains your \s 
description explicitly.

http://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html contains a 
tutorial...it's geared towards windows I think, but good enough. Be 
aware that there are differences in regex implementations as well and 
only some are pointed out in a quick perusal of the tutorial.

Also of use (regarding sed at least) is this site: 
I've used quite a few of the one liners over the past 10 years or so. :)


-- DJ Lucas

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