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Re: [SLUG] regex question

On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 09:16:59AM +1000, Alex Samad wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 08:39:17AM +1000, Alex Samad wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > 
> > I want to look at a config file that uses ; as comments, but I want to
> > look at everything that is not a commented line
> > 
> > so I tried grep -v '^\W*;' which sort of works, except it leaves me with
> > blank lines now, how can I not show the blank lines
> > 
> adding to this I tried it in perl
> perl -nle 'print "[$_]" if ( ! m/^\s*;/)' sip.conf 
> but it still prints out blank lines where it matches ?

more delving into it

I need something like this 
perl -nle 'next if ( /^\s*;/);  print  if length $_ > 0' sip.conf

I have to check if I have a blank line. I would have thought the next
would read the next line !

> (i realised  i used \W instead of \s before)
> another question while we are on regex, how do I use [:space:] in grep
> and perl ?
> Alex

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