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How can I script changes to a few hundred files

I have a few hundred text files, all in the same directory , each of which contain a single line of text that looks like so: string OR string OR string ... OR string OR I need to add "EID(" to the beginning of each file, and replace the last "OR " with a ")" I am on a Mac and am fine with Terminal- it is how I got this far. At this point though, I am totally failing at getting the right awk or sed to make this happen. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by rockindata on Aug 15, 2013 - 6 answers

 

Learn me some ImageMagick

I have MAMP on Mac OS Lion. I want to install the ImageMagick extension. I am trying to use these instructions, but am running into problems. [more inside]
posted by oulipian on Jun 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Clearly too dumb to be doing this, Ubuntu wireless no worky

Wireless no longer working after upgrade to Ubuntu's Precise Pangolin. I've got just enough knowledge to be confused. Please explain what to do like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Aug 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Groups devoted to legalizing assisted suicide?

What is the leading nonprofit organization(s) devoted to promoting legalization of assisted suicide in US states? [more inside]
posted by amro on Jun 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Why can't I use the terminal any more with Lion?

At work, there is a MacPro that I routinely use remotely via SSH, but have only sporadic physical access to. Someone else upgraded it to Lion (from Snow Leopard), and since then, I am unable to use the terminal locally or to log into it via SSH - in either case, the process immediately terminates / disconnects. Other user accounts on the same machine are not affected. What could be going on?
posted by kickingtheground on Feb 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Getting my Mac back on track

New Year's Resolution: Clean up my hard drive(s) by removing duplicate files, implementing a new folder hierarchy, and any other odds and ends I need you to tell me to do. Mac Pro 2009 running the latest pre-Lion OS. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 4, 2012 - 10 answers

The Helvetica of the terminal?

Help me find a truly beautiful fixed-width typeface that scream TERMINAL and that doesn't cost me a comical sum of money! [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

Death without pain

I don't want my sister, hospitalised in the U.K. to die in pain. She will die soon of anal cancer and surgical complications including an extremely painful fistula. I would like to know if she has legal rights to be kept pain free, even if that leads to death. I know doctors can make that choice. I would like to know if she can also make the choice. I do not live in England, and cannot stay with her until she dies, others of the family will be with her. [more inside]
posted by nickji on Oct 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Automator? I hardly know 'er!

Help me write a shell script for use in Automator that will actually do what I need it to. [more inside]
posted by divisjm on Sep 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to find a VT-100?

Where would I buy an old terminal, specifically the DEC VT100? [more inside]
posted by _frog on Aug 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me bring my crappy keyboard back to life!

I'm trying to resurrect an old Casio CPS-85 88 key keyboard. When it was given to me, the power jack was cracked, so I desoldered it and soldered on a new one. No luck; I can't get power (even with a different power supply). So I'm stuck running off of a lot of D batteries. As using D cells is both wasteful and expensive.is there any way for me to rig an external power supply to the battery terminals in a safe manner?
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Need terminal syntax for scheduling a unix program

Need help scheduling a unix task under Mac OS. Probably an easy question for those who understand such things. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Mar 23, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I survive my mother's death?

How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I kill terminal without also killing the script?

How do I allow a remote process to continue after I close my terminal window? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Nov 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Suggest me a low-cost bar PoS and stock tracking system!

Bar PoS terminal and stock management software recommendations? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Sep 29, 2010 - 0 answers

A few bugs with the jailbreak

Would someone please help me with my cydia/jailbreakme problems? iPhone 3GS, mc version, 4.0 [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Aug 3, 2010 - 9 answers

[Airport filter] Heathrow (LHR) showers latest info

Heathrow (LHR) showers latest info [more inside]
posted by parttimeninja on Jun 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Is this sculpture still in the Hong Kong international airport arrivals area?

Is this sculpture still in the Hong Kong international airport arrivals area? Would it be a good place to meet? [more inside]
posted by upc_head on May 16, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I record internet radio using OSX Terminal?

Is there a way to record mp3 audio streams (and ideally schedule such recordings) using Mac OSX Terminal? [more inside]
posted by subpixel on May 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Mobi, the golden calf

How can I use ruby/shell scripts to edit a .mobi file for my Kindle? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Mar 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Building a low-power dumb terminal

Suggestions for hardware for a low-power dumb terminal? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Jan 26, 2010 - 13 answers

I need to connect!

I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me batch print text files on the Mac

OS X: I want to batch print all the files in a source-code library. They are actionscript files, which means they are text files that all end in a .as extension. The files are in a complex directory structure (one root folder but files in multiple subfolders), and there are non .as files that I don't want printed. When the files print, I need some kind of separator ( spaces, asterisks, new page...) between each file. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Please help a n00b!

I will be flying to Poland on Friday from San Francisco (SFO) on United with a transfer to LOT at JFK. Do I check in at the domestic or international terminal? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on Oct 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Severe mac/python question

So I was fiddling with commands in the python interpreter via the Terminal. I ran this basically, and was messing with the help system. fileHandle = open ( 'test.txt', 'w' ) ; fileHandle.write (' asdasd^3 '); fileHandle.close(); And all of a sudden this application opened. Python shell is it's name, it has no icon. WTF is going on?
posted by emptyinside on Sep 18, 2009 - 3 answers

I have two friends; their parents are (separately) dying. How to help? Neither are in U.S./U.K./CAN.

I would like to help my friends, if I can; two of them are individually dealing with incredibly stressful and sad health-related situations related to their parents. [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 8, 2009 - 7 answers

I think I got a bug from a torrent

I've tried illegally downloading an application, and I'm pretty sure it is intent on messing up my computer and/or stealing my infos. Here's the catch- I'm runny the latest version of Leopard OS_X. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Fixed-width Arabic fonts.

There are a couple fixed-width Unicode Arabic fonts out there. The ones I've seen are pretty hard on the eyes, though, especially at small sizes. Any suggestions for a really readable one? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Merging folders in OS X

Please help me merge two folders on my mac. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Mar 8, 2009 - 22 answers

what does terminal velocity feel like?

what does terminal velocity feel like? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Feb 19, 2009 - 21 answers

Catastrophe

As a purely hypothetical question, if a five-pound cat were to fall from an arbitrarily tall point, how long would it take him to reach terminal velocity? How fast would he be traveling at that point? Part II: If, say, someone was standing at the initial point, how long would it take the cat to drop completely out of sight? What is the longest distance an unaided human eye can perceive an armload-sized object, in other words? Assume the area is lit at about a 60-Watt bulb in a uniform manner. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Jan 27, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I reverse my blunderings?

How do I reverse these terminal commands in osx? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

I want to help the Fox and the Bird

What do i need to learn to make add-ons of my own for Firefox and/or Songbird? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Dec 24, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I monitor a disc rewrite process in Ubuntu?

I'm using Terminal (Ubuntu 8.04x64) right now to overwrite a 500g external hd with random information. There's been no action aside from a blinking cursor (by itself on a line, not in front of any prompt) since I entered the command yesterday afternoon:
[sudo dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdc bs=8m]

I understand it's going to take a while to finish. In the meantime, is there any way to monitor the progress of the operation?
posted by carsonb on Nov 8, 2008 - 18 answers

I don't need no stinking scrollbars.

Why can't I get rid of the Terminal's scrollbar in OS X 10.5? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Sep 12, 2008 - 9 answers

OSX: Future as a programmer dashed by failure to interpret Terminal error

Multiple sources credit this Hivelogic post as the definitive guide to getting MySQL up and running on a Mac OS X. But I can't get past the first few steps. [more inside]
posted by metajc on Aug 20, 2008 - 12 answers

In OS X, how to open an application with command line arguments?

OS X terminal help. How do I open an application with command line arguments? [more inside]
posted by Izner Myletze on Aug 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me outsmart a dumb terminal

Help me setup an old Wyse Terminal. [more inside]
posted by edmz on Aug 1, 2008 - 7 answers

looking for a decent windows terminal

I'm looking for an alternative to windows' CMD window/terminal. It isn't the shell itself that has me annoyed (although it stinks and monad is an improvement), but the terminal window. I'd love to have something like xterm or rxvt running- just the ability to resize the width of the window would be huge. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Jul 10, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I control my media center remotely?

How do I control a media center pc from a laptop? The catch: I want to make my terminal session run as if I was logged in at the console. This is to control a media center from afar. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Low cost terminal/pc?

Recommend me a low cost terminal/pc/laptop/whatever with an ethernet adapter and a way to access the web. [more inside]
posted by edmz on May 28, 2008 - 15 answers

Coloring an OSX Terminal window based on an ssh connection?

My career involves me using OSX Terminal ssh'd into other servers. Often, I have multiple ssh connections open, sometimes two or three to the same server. I can't bring myself to use tabs. Is there anything that can automatically be done to automatically color/title my terminal windows once I ssh into them? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on May 15, 2008 - 7 answers

How to split a file by blank lines?

UnixFilter: How can I split a file by blank lines? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Apr 17, 2008 - 10 answers

What happened to my dock (et al)??

I was recently trying to add a "Recents" stack to my dock in Mac OS 10.5.2 using Terminal. I entered a command, pressed enter, and then restarted the dock. From then on, I could not use the dock anymore, nor Dashboard, Spaces, Expose, or the application switcher. I also noticed that my motion sensors do not work anymore. Everything still works on other accounts on my computer, just not on my administrator account. Any ideas about how to fix this?
posted by Return Zero on Apr 9, 2008 - 8 answers

Please help me make my terminal work!

How can I get new tabs in Mac OS X Terminal.app to open with the same current working directory as the tab from which I opened the new one? [more inside]
posted by mebibyte on Apr 4, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I set up a college fund for my possibly terminally ill friend's children?

I have a friend with a possibly terminal illness. I'm trying to figure out a way to set up a college fund, to which any of her friends/family could contribute, for her two young children. So far I've looked into ESAs (might not work due to the $2k annual limit) and 529s, but I've had trouble finding information specific to this type of situation -- which I have to imagine is not all that uncommon. What options should I be investigating? Should I talk to a financial advisor?
posted by mingshan on Mar 13, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I get terminal services to keep a port connection?

How do I make a USB port map permanent with terminal services? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 10, 2008 - 1 answer

Thin client terminal hardware problems

I am looking to replace some thin-client terminals on our W2K Small Business server running terminal services over RDP. We haven't had much luck with our existing terminal hardware (Compucon Phoenix - the power supplies burn out far too often) so I am looking for something simple, hardy and (of course) not too expensive. [more inside]
posted by Tawita on Mar 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Can terminal windows be modernized?

Is there any way to move UNIX terminals on from VT100 emulation? [more inside]
posted by dehowell on Feb 7, 2008 - 16 answers

Is there anything I(we) can do for a terminally-ill co-worker?

A co-worker has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatments have stopped and Hospice is now involved. He is 61 years old and has been working at the company for 40 years. We are an engineering firm and most of the employees are kind of... well... not the type to try (self-start) and do something for our co-worker of his family. I was wondering if there was anything I could do and/or have the office do to help, comfort, etc Obviously sending 'get well' cards is out of the question. ... I just don't know what it is appropriate. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by KogeLiz on Jan 21, 2008 - 20 answers

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