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I have a series of files with entries(namespaces in source code) like

FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Controls, FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Email,  FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Account, etc    and some with entries 
FW.WGS.Web.Controls,     FW.WGS.Web.Email,      FW.WGS.Web.Account, etc

Using sed (or some other linux/unix tool) I want to change all FW.WGS.Web.Controls/Email/Account/etc for FW.WGS.Web.HHH.Control/Email/Account/etc.

My current sed command matches 's/WGS.Web/WGS.Web.\HHH/g' is not suitable - I end up with entries like


So I need to prevent sed from matching lines that already have "HHH" in them.

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

In sed, you can use /pattern/!s/pattern/, e.g.

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perl -pe 's/WGS\.Web(?!\.HHH)/$&.HHH/g'

(where $& is a shortcut for the matched text)

See perlre.

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