patches vs sed

Matthias Benkmann matthias at
Sat Sep 21 03:33:07 PDT 2002

On Sat, 21 Sep 2002 16:26:00 +1000 Greg Schafer <gschafer at>

> What prompted me to write this was the latest man commands:-
> sed -e '/^PAGER/s/-is/-isR/' \
>     -e 's%MANPATH[[:space:]]/usr/man%#MANPATH /usr/man%' \
>     src/man.conf.backup > src/man.conf &&
> That is bordering on complex and could likely be replaced with a patch.
> Just MHO of course.

MHO2, but can't the 2nd sed expression be simplified to something like


Of course, this is way less explicit but if readability is the issue, no
sed is better than a unified diff.


Who is this General Failure,
and why is he reading my disk ?

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