Sun Sep 30 07:13:13 EDT 2012
I've pasted a lot of IRC logs into a lot of HTML documents, which is always a pain, since angle brackets are obviously a special character in HTML, which means I have to do a search and replace with the equivalent entity codes. I usually did this manually, using whatever graphical text editor was handy.
But that's Not The Hacker Way. I'm editing a text file produced by one program, so another program will accept it. String processing isn't a job fit for a human. This is something that should be done by a third program.
#!/bin/sh # # escape.sh - Escapes angle brackets in text files # # Turns angle brackets into < and > HTML entities. # With --irc, replaces the first 8 columns (the timestamp) with an # opening angle bracket, using an ugly hack. # # This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain. if [[ $* == *--irc* ]] then sed -i 's/>/\>/g' $2 sed -i 's/^......../\</g' $2 else sed -i 's/</\</g' $1 sed -i 's/>/\>/g' $1 fi
Then I stuck it in my $PATH with
sudo cp escape.sh
/usr/local/bin/escape This way you can run it from any directory
just by doing
(It's not actually very Unixy-- it doesn't play well with pipes, and wildcard expansion in a directory will blow it up.)