WATANABE Hirofumi graced us by uttering:
> Vivek Nallur <nvivek / konark.ncst.ernet.in> writes:
> 
>> I want to search for a pattern in a file, replace it with something and
>> then write it back to the file. In the shell-script idiom,
>> I'd do:
>> 
>> sed /pattern/replace myfile > tmpfile
>> mv tmpfile myfile
>> 
>> In Ruby, I could do the same thing, slurp the file into a string and then
>> write it back again. I was wondering if there's a more idiomatic way of
>> doing it, in place, i.e., edit the file straight away. This could probably
>> be more practical when the file to be edited is a huge one...
>> 
>> Any pointers(sic)...
> 
> % ruby -i~ -pe 'gsub(/pattern/, "replace")' myfile

Does this work if /pattern/ spans lines?

Tim Hammerquist
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