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 grep problem

I am using regular expressions in the grep command to get certain patterns
of a database containing a bunch of words.  The criteria is that I cannot
have the word "an" or "re" at the beginning or end of the word.  "an" or
"re" must be contained within the word.  For example: "candy", "drench", or
"meandering" are ok.  However, words like "another", "remark", "centre",
"median" are NOT ok ...

Any help will be great!


 Tue, 18 Nov 2003 08:51:13 GMT   
 grep problem

egrep is your friend:

# (Assuming Posix Shell Syntax:
egrep -v "((^$exclude)|($exclude$))"
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 Tue, 18 Nov 2003 14:09:41 GMT   
 grep problem

something like ^..*an..*$|^..*re..*$ comes to mind... not quite
sure. brain tired.


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 Wed, 19 Nov 2003 15:38:28 GMT   
 grep problem

That would allow some of the forbidden words like remark or another
since .* would also include spaces

Do you mean the input file has one word per line?
You didn't mention which grep (or platform) but if its gnu grep then
you may like the \B operator.

However if both situations occur on the same line your screwed,
without piping thru `grep -v' (sloppy).

If not gnu grep maybe something like:

       grep '[a-z]er[a-z]\|[a-z]an[a-z]'  
assuming no numbers are involved.
But again if both situations occur grep will include the line.

 Wed, 19 Nov 2003 23:40:19 GMT   
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