CHAPTER 10

Searching, Extracting, and Archiving Data

Although the word “computer” suggests a device for performing mathematical computations, much of a computer's job has more to do with data storage and retrieval than with computation. This chapter covers some of the tools you can use to search, extract, and archive data.

The chapter begins with a look at regular expressions, which are a way to describe patterns you might want to look for in data files. You can use regular expressions with many commands, two of which (find and grep) I describe in more detail. This chapter also covers tools that you can use to redirect programs' input and output, which is a useful trick in many situations. Finally, I describe some tools for creating archive files, ...

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