Purpose of this program:
SED takes an input file, checks each line of this file against a
pattern supplied on the command line, and generates a new line from
this pattern match in the destination. This could either mean that
the matching line is removed completely from the output, replaced
by a different line, or changed according to the specifications of
SED is an approximation of the Unix "stream editor" sed. It is not
quite as powerful as sed because its command set is currently very
limited, and it does not support command files. Its pattern syntax
is different, too. It still looks like "line noise" to me - I didn't
want to break with this tradition - but it's at least the Amiga kind
of line noise.
Its pattern matching rules are a superset of the AmigaOs patterns,
with some additional features like "captured expressions" and more
powerful "character classes" and "escaping".
SED is useful for automatic processing of text files, e.g. the modi-
fication of the startup-sequence. SED can also be run as a "filter"
in which case it reads its input from stdin and prints output to
stdout. Combine this feature with pipes and you get a very powerful
text processing tool.
A warning: Pattern matching looks simple, but is full of hard to gasp
traps. This tool is therefore thought to be for "expert usage". In
case you think SED doesn't process your pattern correctly, think
For further details, please read the SED.doc.
VERBOSE prints now also file name and line number information
such that SED can be used as a "Search" (or "grep") replacement.
Due to an oversight, the character ranges [..-..] were broken.
Handling of (..|..) "or-operator" was broken. Fixed.
Escaping with \ could leave bogus patterns in the pattern stream
and could have caused non-justified "invalid template" errors.
The former release used memory pools, but did not check correctly
whether the corresponding exec functions are available. Required
and requires Kickstart 3.0.
Could have forgotten to return "ERROR_NO_FREE_STORE" for some
out of memory error conditions.
This is the first Aminet release. This is a 40.0 release because
pattern matching is a very complex buisiness and even though I tested
this release quite good, I wouldn't be astonished if some flaws still
remained. Pattern matching logic is astonishing sometimes, so please
check the documentation first before reporting any "obvious" bugs. The
obvious bugs should be gone already!
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