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Topic: Executing external command with parameters
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Bill Rowe

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Re: Executing external command with parameters
Posted: Feb 16, 2013 1:08 AM
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On 2/15/13 at 1:58 AM, (Ramiro) wrote:

>I would like to get a random line from a file, I know this can be
>done with Mathematica but I am playing with using sed to see if it
>goes faster, say I want to get line 1000

>In mathematica it would be:

><<"! sed -n p1000 filename.txt"

>However, I am trying to put the filename as a variable, say


>cmd="! sed -n p1000 "<>filename <<cmd

>does not work.

>How can I do this?

Here is how I do something very similar to what you've indicated
you are trying to do

bbedit[filename_String]:=Run["bbedit", "'"<>filename<>"'"]
bbedit[]:=Run["bbedit", "'"<>Directory[]<>"'"]
bbedit[filename_String, switches__]:= Run["bbedit", switches, StringJoin@@{"'",filename,"'"}]

This function runs a command line utility that passes the file
(filename) to my favorite text editor for editing.

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