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I use slapcat to do a full-text search in our very large ldap directory. As it is easier to match what I am looking for when I don't know where to look.

The problem is that it wraps long lines

slapcat -v | grep -A 1 "some search string"
somelongvar::linesoftesttext12345667890987654321234567887654321234567897654321
 wraps like this
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I found a solution to this from this answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/10002241/619760

This matches line ending \n followed by a and joins the lines.

slapcat -v | grep -A 1 "some search string" | sed '$!N;s/\n //;P;D'
somelongvar::linesoftesttext12345667890987654321234567887654321234567897654321wraps like this

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