Replace with Variable Data from within the same file

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John Kihn

Replace with Variable Data from within the same file

Postby John Kihn » Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:32 pm

I have a bunch of html files with

<title>A generic title that is the same for all files</title>

and then farther down in the file
<span>Title: This is the real title and it varies in all the files</span>

I have not been able to figure out a way to replace the generic title with the real title text within the span tags. I have been able to isolate the real title text but cannot figure out how to reuse it in a replace

Any help would be most appreciated.


John Kihn

Figured it out

Postby John Kihn » Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:56 pm

OK I used textpipe to create a file of filenames and replacement strings then used the technique descibed in the post about replace with filenames and it works. Sort of cumbersome but got the job done.


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Postby DataMystic Support » Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:52 pm

You can do a lot better using a pattern match for

<title>(.*)</title>(.*)<span>Title: (.*)</span>

Replace with

<title>$3</title>$2<span>Title: $3</span>

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