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Date:      Fri, 6 Feb 2009 16:56:19 -0600
From:      Dan Nelson <>
To:        Adam Vande More <>
Subject:   Re: insert new line in files
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In the last episode (Feb 06), Adam Vande More said:
> I want to insert a new line of text at a certain position in certain files
> recursively under a directory.  More specifically, I want text like this:
> include('/usr/home/www/imp-sites/default_inventory.php');
> to be put into file X at line 37 where file X appears in ./subdir1, 
> .subdir2 etc. There are many subdirs or I'd just do it by hand.
> I've done stuff like this before with the rpl script and it works well as
> long as there aren't any special characters in the strings.  So I assumed
> I finally hit the point where I'm forced to learn something like sed or
> awk and tried some examples with sed but I can't figure out what I'm doing
> wrong.
> I get results like this:
> sed '5i\test' test.txt
> sed: 1: "5i\test": extra characters after \ at the end of i command

You want:

sed -e '5i\
test' test.txt

i.e. a linebreak after the backslash.

	Dan Nelson

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