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How to edit a bunch of static HTML files at once?
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msg:3769318
 1:21 am on Oct 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have an older site that is just about 100 static html pages. Instead of hand editing 100 files, what I'd like to do is make the same edits to all of them, all at once.

I use Notepad++, which kind of does this with the "Find" and "Replace All" functions, but this only works with a small number of characters. I want to basically replace a block of code with another block of code... or just add a block of code to a specific spot without replacing anything.

Does anyone know if there is any way to do this or any program that will give me this capability?

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

CrustyAdmin




msg:3885275
 2:36 am on Apr 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've used this for quick and dirty editing. You need access to perl on your host.

find /directory_of_website/ -type f ¦ xargs perl -pi -e 's/old_value/new_value/g'

This will work on any file in the directory

sore66




msg:3893447
 3:16 am on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Dreamweaver is my find and replace of choice.

willybfriendly




msg:3893469
 4:14 am on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

Another vote here for Eclipse. Absolutely awesome development platform.

Only gripe is the lack of word wrap :(

JohnRoy




msg:3920021
 2:18 am on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)


System: The following message was spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/html_editors/3920019.htm [webmasterworld.com] by caine - 7:19 am on May 26, 2009 (GMT 0)


I want to basically replace a block of code with another block of code... or just add a block of code to a specific spot without replacing anything

In another thread on How to edit a bunch of static HTML files at once [webmasterworld.com], members voted for several options.

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UltraEdit
TextWrangler
TextPad
TextEdit3
SSI HTML kit
Search and replace 98
Replace Text, formerly called BK ReplaceEm
PSPad
Pica editor
NotePro
Multiple File Search & Replace
FrontPage
Expression Web
EditPlus3
EditPlus
EditPadPlus
EditPad
Eclipse for PHP
Dreamweaver
Arachnophilia
Alias Search & Replace
Alias Find and Replace
Advanced Find and Replace from Abacre
Actual Search & Replace

Visual Studio has a good "find in files" and "replace in files"

"ReNamer" .. freeware. It can make all sorts of changes .. all the files in a folder. Will change extensions, '-', '_', words, case sensitive .. lots of choices. Append and prepend, all instances, first intance, etc.

grelmar: It's for stuff like this that I still keep a copy of Homesite installed
(first it was Allaire Homesite, then Macromedia Homesite, then Adobe bough Macromedia, and it vanished). Outdated, deprecated, bought out by progressively fatter software companies until it got relegated into not-quite-abandonware (ie: you can't buy it, but lord help you if you in any way violate the copyright). So don't go searching in the darker parts of the net for it, because that would be wrong...
And still, hands down, the best HTML code editing software ever.

caine




msg:3920089
 7:26 am on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Nice write up JohnRoy, i will be sure to refer to your post in the future.

incywincy




msg:3920156
 10:29 am on May 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

To be honest server side/php includes were designed to solve this specific problem, a common area of code used in many pages, maintained in one file. If you have this capability on your webserver you don't need global editing scripts.

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