Removing asterisks from a file

H.S. hs.samix at
Thu Oct 16 05:29:53 UTC 2008

Ranmadhu Wijayatilaka wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a text file with a bunch of asterisks in it. It is possible to 
> remove the asterisks using the command line? I tried using echo and sed 
> but the echo command simply outputs all the files in the current 
> directory when it gets up to an asterisks.
> Thanks,
> Ranmadhu

The following will remove asterisks from a file called foo.txt
$> perl -p -i -e "s/\*//g;" foo.txt

Or, the following will do the same but keep the original as foo.txt.bk
$> perl -p -i.bk -e "s/\*//g;" foo.txt


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