awk saves pipes

awk is a powerful tool, but unfortunately I'm yet to learn it, so typically just pipe output to sed to perform substitutions.

Considering the following input:

input='ls: cannot access /home/aws/sshfs/i-3abab67e.log: No such file or directory'

Pipe to sed for substitution:

echo $input | awk '{print$4}' | sed 's|/home/aws/sshfs/||;s|.log:||;'
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i-3abab67e

Or do it right inside of awk:

echo $input | awk '{gsub("/home/aws/sshfs/", ""); gsub(".log:", ""); print$4}'
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i-3abab67e

Though it does take a few more characters, the latter saves a pipe and that feels like the right thing to do..

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