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20 Feb 2006 09:29 breiter

Re: Free Software replacement for rpl in Debian
http://packages.qa.debian.org/r/rpl.html

09 Dec 2005 03:07 breiter

Free Software replacement for rpl in Debian
In Debian there is a Free Software rewrite of rpl
in python available.
Check out
Debian
Developer Information for rpl

08 Oct 2001 21:41 moksl

Keep it up!
Hey Joe, i find it's a very useful program for everyone. Time saver! thanks and keep up the good work!

04 Jul 2001 10:50 fuller

I dunno
This looks useful, but I'm still tempted to use:

perl -p -i.bak -e "s/foo/bar/g" `find . -name '*.html'`

26 Mar 2001 19:15 joelaff

Re: "utility to replace text in files..." - It _IS_ Free!

> % I use rpl for simple text replacement.
> It works well. I do wish it let me enter
> escape sequences like "\n" or
> hex codes and the like.


That's a great idea. Look for it in a future release!

26 Mar 2001 16:11 MysteryMan

Re: "utility to replace text in files..." - It _IS_ Free!

>
> I agree. I am just reinforcing
> TMTOWTDI, by demonstrating that many
> tools overlap in functionality. Users
> will migrate to the tool they are most
> comfortable with for their particular
> purpose.
>
> I use all three and rpl, each for
> different reasons.
>


I'm with Joey the Saint that sed and awk are not useless, and have been around long before PERL! I think PelDaddy has a point that SOME people would believe PERL to have supplanted them. Of course, SOME people would believe anything.

I use rpl for simple text replacement. It works well. I do wish it let me enter escape sequences like "\n" or hex codes and the like.

26 Mar 2001 14:16 joelaff

Re: "utility to replace text in files..." - It _IS_ Free!


> Those people, however, would clearly
> be forgetting that sed (and awk)
> pre-date
> PERL by just over a decade. There is
> a reason why the perl documentation
> mentions things like:
>
> For sed devotees, y is provided as
> a synonym for tr///.
>
> And I sincerely doubt that Larry Wall
> would say such a thing, but we can ask
> him if you like.


I agree. I am just reinforcing TMTOWTDI, by demonstrating that many tools overlap in functionality. Users will migrate to the tool they are most comfortable with for their particular purpose.

I use all three and rpl, each for different reasons.

26 Mar 2001 13:21 joemacdonald

Re: "utility to replace text in files..." - It _IS_ Free!

>
> Hmm, some would say sed was a utility that offered no advantage over PERL.
> Awk too. There are lots of ways to do things in UN*X. If you use PERL than
> you should be familiar with TMTOWTDI...
>


Those people, however, would clearly be forgetting that sed (and awk) pre-date

PERL by just over a decade. There is a reason why the perl documentation

mentions things like:

For sed devotees, y is provided as a synonym for tr///.

And I sincerely doubt that Larry Wall would say such a thing, but we can ask

him if you like.

22 Mar 2001 14:55 joelaff

Re: "utility to replace text in files..." - It _IS_ Free!

> Well, that's great, but people who
> usually use sed/perl don't need a GUI to
> search and replace text.


It doesn't even offer a GUI. It merely provide another command-line option for type replacement.

> Okay, wow. The most dumbed-down linux

> distro uses a utility that provides no

> advantage over sed/perl or just perl.

> Why am I not surprised?

Hmm, some would say sed was a utility that offered no advantage over PERL. Awk too. There are lots of ways to do things in UN*X. If you use PERL than you should be familiar with TMTOWTDI...

rpl is just one more way. If you don't like it, don't use it...

22 Mar 2001 14:48 MysteryMan

Pretty nifty
This is a nifty little program. It sure beats typing all that crap to use sed or PERL.

Keep up the good work!

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