Search String and Delete Line Containing String

I am new to Ruby and am pulling my hair out on something that I know is
simple. I am searching a large text file, line by line for text that
will reside in part of the line. If it finds part of the text, I want to
delete the line. Here is what I have that is not working. Help is
appreciated! Thanks in advance!

process every line in a text file

file=‘c:\ruby192\my_projects\IIS_Logs\ex11012607.log’
text=File.readlines(file).each do |line|
search_text = “/memberinfo/downline/tree/canvas.asp”
if(line.gsub!(search_text) == search_text) then
#line.clear
puts search_text
else
puts “Not Found”
end
#puts line
end

On 2/1/2011 2:28 PM, Bob H. wrote:

if(line.gsub!(search_text) == search_text) then
#line.clear
puts search_text
else
puts “Not Found”
end
#puts line
end

path=‘c:\ruby192\my_projects\IIS_Logs\ex11012607.log’
search_text = %r{/memberinfo/downline/tree/canvas.asp}
File.open(path) do |file|
file.each_line do |line|
puts(line) unless line =~ search_text
end
end

-Jeremy

Bob H. wrote in post #978955:

I am new to Ruby and am pulling my hair out on something that I know is
simple. I am searching a large text file, line by line for text that
will reside in part of the line. If it finds part of the text, I want to
delete the line. Here is what I have that is not working. Help is
appreciated! Thanks in advance!

process every line in a text file

file=‘c:\ruby192\my_projects\IIS_Logs\ex11012607.log’
text=File.readlines(file).each do |line|
search_text = “/memberinfo/downline/tree/canvas.asp”
if(line.gsub!(search_text) == search_text) then

gsub! returns the whole line after the substitution has taken place, or
nil if no substitution has taken place. So you should test for nil/not
nil, not compare against the substitution text.

irb is the way to find this sort of thing out:

$ irb --simple-prompt

line = “foo bar baz”
=> “foo bar baz”

line.gsub!(“bar”, “xxx”)
=> “foo xxx baz”

line.gsub!(“zzz”, “xxx”)
=> nil

Also, gsub! should take two arguments as I’ve shown. But rather than
raise an error, the joys of ruby 1.9/1.8.7 mean that it does something
unexpected when you give it one argument:

line.gsub!(“zzz”)
=> #Enumerable::Enumerator:0x7f517774d5b8

It returns an Enumerator object. In this case, I’d say that’s pretty
confusing behaviour, and very rarely useful. It’s because there is a
one-argument form of gsub which takes a block:

line.gsub!(“foo”) { (1+2).to_s }
=> “3 xxx baz”

And if you omit the block, it’s returning an enumerator for consistency
with each/map/select, which return an enumerator when invoked without a
block (also not particularly useful IMO).

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM, Bob H. [email protected] wrote:

if(line.gsub!(search_text) == search_text) then
#line.clear
puts search_text
else
puts “Not Found”
end
#puts line
end

The simplest solution for this that I can think of is

fgrep -v “/memberinfo/downline/tree/canvas.asp”
‘c:\ruby192\my_projects\IIS_Logs\ex11012607.log’

with proper shell tools installed. With Ruby you can do

ruby -ne ‘puts $_ unless %r{/memberinfo/downline/tree/canvas.asp}i =~
$_’ ‘c:\ruby192\my_projects\IIS_Logs\ex11012607.log’

You can even do an inplace replacement of the file by inserting -i.bak
in the command line.

Kind regards

robert

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