The replace utility program changes strings in place in files or on the
Invoke replace in one of the following ways:
shell> replace from to [from to] ... -- file_name [file_name] ...
shell> replace from to [from to] ... < file_name
from represents a string to look for and to represents its replacement.
There can be one or more pairs of strings.
Use the -- option to indicate where the string-replacement list ends
and the file names begin. In this case, any file named on the command
line is modified in place, so you may want to make a copy of the
original before converting it. replace prints a message indicating
which of the input files it actually modifies.
If the -- option is not given, replace reads the standard input and
writes to the standard output.
replace uses a finite state machine to match longer strings first. It
can be used to swap strings. For example, the following command swaps a
and b in the given files, file1 and file2:
shell> replace a b b a -- file1 file2 ...
The replace program is used by msql2mysql. See msql2mysql(1).
replace supports the following options.
o -?, -I
Display a help message and exit.
Silent mode. Print less information what the program does.
Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.
Display version information and exit.
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with the program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA or see
For more information, please refer to the MySQL Reference Manual, which
may already be installed locally and which is also available online at
Oracle Corporation (http://dev.mysql.com/).
MySQL 5.5 06/15/2018 REPLACE(1)
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