[GLLUG] Replacing newlines in text file
andy at bitfolk.com
Sun Aug 30 09:55:17 UTC 2015
On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 10:37:54AM +0100, Dylan wrote:
> I have a text file with 'hard' newlines at the end of each 'line'
> (often mid-sentence,) and multiple newlines at the end of paragraphs.
> I need a simple incantation to change all occurrences of a *single*
> newline to a space, and leave the multiple newlines in place.
You probably want something based on sed, e.g. from
sed ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/ /' source.txt > dest.txt
If you just wanted to replace every single newline with a space than
tr would be much simpler:
tr '\n' ' '
But that doesn't appear to be what you asked for (you asked for only
the first newline).
The invocation of sed is more complicated because sed is
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