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in a txt file I have this line:


Which cmd (dos or powershell) can I use fetch this?

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PS> '<em:version></em:version>' -replace '<[^>]+>'

# replace file content
(Get-Content file.txt) -replace '<[^>]+>'
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works. But how can I spcify the file itself now i'm runnning the cmd at a folder's level – Elad Benda Dec 12 '12 at 10:53
I edited the thread, give it a try – Shay Levy Dec 12 '12 at 12:34
That will only work if there is a single line of text in the file! – dangph Dec 12 '12 at 22:10
Works for me just fine with a multi line text file. – Shay Levy Dec 13 '12 at 6:50

PowerShell can parse XML directly. No need for regular expressions. Here's an example with a FireFox install.rdf file. (I'm guessing your file might be something like that.)

PS> [xml]$rdf = Get-Content .\install.rdf
PS> $rdf.RDF.Description.version
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try this

$fileContent=gc "path to text file"

$pattern =  '(?i)<em:version[^>]*>(.*)</em:version>'

$result = [Regex]::Matches($fileContent, $pattern)

$result | ForEach-Object {
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How about this? A one line DOS command:

for /f "usebackq tokens=2 delims=<>" %%A in (`type "File.txt" ^| find "<em:version>"`) do echo.%%A
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