__/ [John A.] on Friday 21 October 2005 03:44 \__
> On Thu, 20 Oct 2005 20:09:40 +0100, Brian Wakem <no@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> This is a little script that I use a lot, just changing one or two lines
>>> depending on the task I need done. I'm just a beginner so there might be
>>> much better ways to do it, but this works for ampersands, and will also
>>> work for your other example with a simple change.
>>A one-liner will do the job:
>>perl -p -i -e 's!&!&!g' filename
>>perl -p -i -e 's!&!&!g' *.html
>>to change in all html files in the current directory.
> Would that also change all instances of "&" in all the html files
> in the directory to "&amp;"?
> (And " " to "&nbsp;", etc...)
Only if you run it more than once.
It is not recursive (tail recursion where the head expands) unless you re-
quest for it to behave that way. That's a very good observation, which of-
ten justifies keeping a copy before applying any batch-mode changes. It is
otherwise quite irreverisble, unless you are willing to script something
just to make up for a foolish mistake. Been there, seen that. *smile*
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