ksuralta ksuralta - 1 year ago 123
Bash Question

sed whole word search and replace

How do I search and replace whole words using sed?


sed -i 's/[oldtext]/[newtext]/g' <file>

will also replace partial matches of
which I don't want it to do.

Answer Source

\b in regular expressions match word boundaries (i.e. the location between the first word character and non-word character):

$ echo "bar embarassment" | sed "s/\bbar\b/no bar/g"
no bar embarassment
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