On Mon, 10 Feb 1997 15:48:17 -0600 (CST) dattier(_at_)wwa(_dot_)com (David W.
| sed -e '$!N' -e '/\(<.*>\)\n.*\1/!P' -e D
That's *still* assuming that the chevrons are literal. (Since the
right-side angle bracket is anchored to the embedded newline, "[^>]*"
text between the angle brackets wasn't needed; ".*" will do.)
That was my fault for not making the example clearer. The chevrons are
*not* literal; the message text is completely free form. However, using
your sed expression as an example, I came up with:
sed -n -e '$!N' -e '/[^ ]* *[^ ]* *[^ *] *[^ ]* *\(.*\)\n.*\1/!P'
The '-n' (suppress default output) makes the '-e D' on the end
unnecessary (the output is identical, and I'm assuming that the two
expressions are syntactically the same). That ugly regexp skips the
first 4 fields, and then saves the remaining text in \1.
Of course, I've only tested it on one a single example, so no guarantees
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