I currently have an SQL file filled with insert statements in the form:

 foreign_key, url_one,
 url_two, int_one,
 int_two, int_three) VALUES

I've now realised that the URL strings will need quotation marks around them before I can execute them in MySQL. What command can I use to place quotation marks around the URL string?

I tried to use 'sed' to do it but I couldn't get the command right as I don't completely know the syntax of what I want to achieve:

sed -e "s/(https://).*(\.png)/\"(https://)$1(.png)\"/g" some_sql_file.sql

Running this results in:

sed: -e expression #1, char 12:

unknown option to `s'

Any help would be much appreciated as I want to avoid regenerating the SQL file just to put in the quotation marks if at all possible.

  • Remember. Manpages are your friend! :-) – nanofarad Jul 18 '12 at 19:18

I would use:

sed -e 's@\(https\?://[^,]*\),@"\1",@g' FILE

This looks for a expression starting with http and an optional s followed by ://. Then it takes everything up to the first ,. This expression will be enclosed by ".

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  • Thanks for that! How would I get it to write the changes back into the file? – Ross Sep 19 '10 at 22:00
  • @Rosco: Use the -i option to sed. – Paused until further notice. Sep 19 '10 at 22:54

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