odd sed behavior

Michael O'Brien mobrien@pixar.com
Tue Mar 21 17:15:00 GMT 2000


Hola~

When using the 20.1 version of cygwin, I'm seeing the following
strange-ness. From the command prompt:

    F:\>sort  -u  a.msg  |  sed 's/[\\"]/\\&/g;s/.*/\"&\",/'
    sed: -e expression #1, char 21: Unterminated `s' command
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    F:\>sort  -u  a.msg  |  sed 's/[\\"]/\\&/g;s/.*/&,/'

Removing the " from the second s// command to sed, the thing works. I've
tried nearly every way I can think of to escape the " (""", \", \\", '"',
etc). I can't figure out a way that works.

    F:\>sort  -u  a.msg  |  sed 's/.*/\"&\",/'

Removed the first s// from the sed command, the thing works.

    F:\>sort  -u  a.msg  | sed 's/[\\"]/\\&/g'

Removing the second s// command, the thing works.

    F:\>sort  -u  a.msg  |  sed 's/[\\"]/\\&/g' | sed 's/.*/\"&\",/'
    sed: can't read |: No such file or directory
    sed: can't read sed: No such file or directory
    sed: can't read s/.*/\": No such file or directory
    The system cannot find the path specified.

Split the two sed commands up.

Anyone have any ideas why this doesn't work?

MO



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