CHAPTER 25Editing Files in Place
Sometimes you want to modify a file as part of the tasks run from a shell script. Although the use of
sed to modify files on the fly is common, the use of
ed is less familiar to many.
ed is a line-oriented editor that works much like any other text editor. It opens a file, makes modifications, saves the changes, and exits. The advantage of using
ed to script these interactive sessions is that the modification is performed directly on the file itself and the results are neither redirected to another file nor used to overwrite the file itself.
For example, you might want to process a large list of files, applying a single modification to all of the files. In most of these cases, the modification may not be more ...