string replace [(-a | --all)] [(-f | --filter)] [(-i | --ignore-case)] [(-r | --regex)] [(-q | --quiet)] PATTERN REPLACEMENT [STRING...]
string replace is similar to
string match but replaces non-overlapping matching substrings with a replacement string and prints the result. By default, PATTERN is treated as a literal substring to be matched.
--regex is given, PATTERN is interpreted as a Perl-compatible regular expression, and REPLACEMENT can contain C-style escape sequences like
\t as well as references to capturing groups by number or name as
If you specify the
--filter flag then each input string is printed only if a replacement was done. This is useful where you would otherwise use this idiom:
a_cmd | string match pattern | string replace pattern new_pattern. You can instead just write
a_cmd | string replace --filter pattern new_pattern.
Exit status: 0 if at least one replacement was performed, or 1 otherwise.
>_ string replace is was 'blue is my favorite' blue was my favorite >_ string replace 3rd last 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd last >_ string replace -a ' ' _ 'spaces to underscores' spaces_to_underscores
>_ string replace -r -a '[^\\d.]+' ' ' '0 one two 3.14 four 5x' 0 3.14 5 >_ string replace -r '(\\w+)\\s+(\\w+)' '$2 $1 $$' 'left right' right left $ >_ string replace -r '\\s*newline\\s*' '\\n' 'put a newline here' put a here
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