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Date:      Fri, 06 Feb 2009 23:00:12 +0000
From:      Adam Vande More <>
To:        Dan Nelson <>
Subject:   Re: insert new line in files
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Dan Nelson wrote:
> 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.
I had actually tried that too:

 > sed -e '5i\
? test' text.txt
sed: 1: "5i
": command i expects \ followed by text

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