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I'm trying to get everything on the matched line excluding the match using grep.

If I have

#define VERSION 0.1

The command should echo

0.1

I saw this question, but I only want things on the same line.

I read the man page, but I don't see anything that matches my specific usage case. Would a different command possibly be better than grep for this?

  • So you're searching for #define VERSION? – Dennis Mar 6 '13 at 14:45
  • Yeah. What I'm specifically doing is executing a shell command to get what VERSION is defined as and storing it in a macro in a Makefile. – Zach Latta Mar 6 '13 at 14:46
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An easy way to achieve this is piping grep's output to sed:

command | grep "^#define VERSION" | sed 's/^#define VERSION //'

You can achieve the same result using only sed if you use the -n switch and the p (i.e., print) pattern for the regular expression. This will replace and only print lines that have been modified:

command | sed -n 's/^#define VERSION //p'

See: man sed

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If your version of grep supports perl regex you can do it like this:

grep -oP '(?<=#define VERSION )[^ ]*$'

Otherwise use two invocations of grep:

grep '#define VERSION' | grep -o '[^ ]*$'
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