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Consider the following text (incidentally, part of a MySQL dump):

CREATE TABLE `table` (
  `id` int(10) NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `name` varchar(100) NOT NULL default '',
  `description` text NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY  (`id`),
  FULLTEXT KEY `full_index` (`name`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;
/*!40101 SET character_set_client = @saved_cs_client */;

I would like to remove the FULLTEXT key, and I also want to remove the trailing comma on the line above so that the SQL remains valid.

Can anyone come up with (and explain) a sed recipe to do this?

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With your sample text in a file named sql, the following pattern produces:

$ sed 'N; s/,\n  FULLTEXT.*//' sql
CREATE TABLE `table` (
  `id` int(10) NOT NULL auto_increment,
  `name` varchar(100) NOT NULL default '',
  `description` text NOT NULL,
  PRIMARY KEY  (`id`)
) ENGINE=MyISAM DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1;
/*!40101 SET character_set_client = @saved_cs_client */;

Explanation:

  • N enables multiline matching.
  • \n represents a line break.
  • s/pattern/replacement/ is the standard replacement syntax.
  • .* will match anything to the end of the current line.
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Legend! Thanks :) –  Craig Watson Aug 21 '13 at 16:33

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