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NAME         top

       replace - a string-replacement utility

SYNOPSIS         top

       replace arguments

DESCRIPTION         top

       The replace utility program changes strings in place in files or
       on the standard input.

       Invoke replace in one of the following ways:

           shell> replace from to [from to] ... -- file_name [file_name] ...
           shell> replace from to [from to] ... < file_name

       from represents a string to look for and to represents its
       replacement. There can be one or more pairs of strings.

       Use the -- option to indicate where the string-replacement list
       ends and the file names begin. In this case, any file named on
       the command line is modified in place, so you may want to make a
       copy of the original before converting it.  replace prints a
       message indicating which of the input files it actually modifies.

       If the -- option is not given, replace reads the standard input
       and writes to the standard output.

       replace uses a finite state machine to match longer strings
       first. It can be used to swap strings. For example, the following
       command swaps a and b in the given files, file1 and file2:

           shell> replace a b b a -- file1 file2 ...

       The replace program is used by msql2mysql. See msql2mysql(1).

       replace supports the following options.

       •   -?, -I

           Display a help message and exit.

       •   -#debug_options

           Enable debugging.

       •   -s

           Silent mode. Print less information what the program does.

       •   -v

           Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program

       •   -V

           Display version information and exit.

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       Copyright 2007-2008 MySQL AB, 2008-2010 Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
       2010-2020 MariaDB Foundation

       This documentation is free software; you can redistribute it
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       License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2
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       This documentation is distributed in the hope that it will be
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       See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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       along with the program; if not, write to the Free Software
       Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA
       02110-1335 USA or see

SEE ALSO         top

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AUTHOR         top

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