"\s" in sed?

Tadeus (Eus) Prastowo 0x657573 at googlemail.com
Tue Mar 8 13:42:57 PST 2011

Hi DJ!

Thank you very much for throwing me a bag of information :-D

My mistake was that I looked only at the doc of sed when the list of
regex given there is not complete.

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On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 7:48 AM, DJ Lucas <dj at linuxfromscratch.org> wrote:
> 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"
> syntax.
> Here is a whole site dedicated to it that I just found:
> http://www.regular-expressions.info/
> 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:
> http://sed.sourceforge.net/grabbag/tutorials/
> I've used quite a few of the one liners over the past 10 years or so. :)
> -- DJ Lucas

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