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Why doesn’t Mac update standard UNIX utilities?

I am currently teaching a course on programming for linguists. We are using python, but for the first few classes, I have been going over some standard UNIX utilities like cd, ls and such, plus using regular expressions with grep and sed. I actually don’t use sed that much. I tend to reach for perl, […]

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Strange bracketing behavior in grep and sed

I finally figured out this thorny issue I have been dealing with for the last hour. In perl, if I can create a character class like “[\[\]a-f]” which matches any characters a-f, [, and ]. This does not work in grep or sed though. I finally discovered that the right bracket “]” should not be […]

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