6
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5answers
151 views

Remove backslash + newline sequences

We are having a file in Linux which contains one line per record, but problem comes when the line contains some new line characters. In this case, the backslash is appended at the end of line and the ...
6
votes
2answers
151 views

Replace \n by a newline in sed portably

I'm so confused with GNU sed, POSIX sed, and BSD sed's myriad of options. How do I replace literal \n with the newline character using these three sed types?
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6answers
588 views

Replace string containing newline in huge file

Anyone know of a non-line-based tool to "binary" search/replace strings in a somewhat memory-efficient way? See this question too. I have a +2GB text file that I would like to process similar to what ...
1
vote
3answers
51 views

end of line in linux and mac

I am analyzing a text file looking for a path that is written after a line that starts with "output". The line is something like output xyz/mypath/ and I want to extract xyz/mypath without the ...
4
votes
2answers
160 views

\n prints an n instead of a newline when using sed in MaxOSX

It's a general problem when I use sed but \n works when I use it outside of sed. This is one example of what I get with sed. I have the file myfile with the following content: 1 2 3 4 5 When I use ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

Can sed replace new line characters?

Is there an issue with sed and new line character? I have a file test.txt with the following contents aaaaa bbbbb ccccc ddddd The following does not work: sed -r -i 's/\n/,/g' test.txt ...
1
vote
2answers
160 views

Why the inconsistency with using cat vs. echo piped to this sed command?

Inspired by this question: sed: N command does not read single line I wanted to understand why there appears to be an inconsistency between the following 2 commands: #1. echo This command produces ...
1
vote
1answer
365 views

sed: N command does not read single line

Why sed's N command does not read single line? # single line without \n $ echo -en 'abc' | sed -n 'N;p' $ # I expected 'abc' # single line with \n $ echo -en 'abc\n' | sed -n 'N;p' $ # I expected ...
1
vote
2answers
126 views

Remove 2 and 3 newlines in a text file but not 1

I'm developing on a max osx 10.8 and have no preferences to which tool to use probably sed but it doesn't matter. Update after comment: The input file uses windows new lines if that's complicates ...
1
vote
1answer
169 views

Why is it that , to newline is working but newline to , is not working sed?

I have got a text file with a list of first names, and I am trying to replace newline with ,. Here is the command I am using sed 's/\ /,/g' file while the reverse is working sed 's/,/\ /g' file ...
4
votes
3answers
496 views

How to skip file in sed if it contains regex?

I currently use the following simplified command to remove trailing whitespace and add a newline at end of file where needed: find . -type f -exec sed -i -e 's/[ \t]\+\(\r\?\)$/\1/;$a\' {} \+ As ...
5
votes
2answers
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Removing all spaces, tabs, newlines, etc from a variable?

This is the error I am getting and it's failing because of a variable whose value is supposed to be 2 (I am getting this using a select * from tabel). I am getting spaces in that variable. + 0 != ...