script help

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Feb 14 22:54:09 UTC 2011

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 04:34:37PM -0600, Jack L. Stone wrote:
> # find all of the same filenames (copyright.htm) and then replace the year
> 2010 with 2011 in each file. Once I have a working script, I should be able
> to add it as a cron job to run on the first day of each new year.

The following command should do the trick, I think.

find / -type f -name copyright.htm -exec sed -i .bak -e 's/Copyright © 20../Copyright © 2011/g' {} \;

Basically the find(1) command locates the files you want to change, and than
for every file it calls sed(1) with the -i flag to do the in-place
editing. The originals are saved as copyright.htm.bak. If all goes well, you
can delete those.

Depending on the contents of the files, you might want to just replace 2010 by
2011, or use a little more context as I did in the example, to make sure only
the right numbers are replaced.

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