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Old 09-13-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
hk20
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sed/grep new lines in text


Hello,

How do you stop sed or grep from putting a string on a new line?
I am working with a text file, and it is treating my spaces as newlines.

ex:
cat blah.txt | sed /\"/s/\"//g

INPUT:

"This is a test"
"Test1"
"Test2"


output:

This
is
a
test
Test1
Test2


Thanks
 
Old 09-13-2008, 06:34 PM   #2
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I'm not seeing results you see:

Code:
$ cat in
"This is a test"
"Test1"
"Test2"
$  sed /\"/s/\"//g in
This is a test
Test1
Test2
Note that I replaced your useless use of cat; nearly all utilities can read files specified as command line arguments.

Code:
$  sed 's/"//g' in 
This is a test
Test1
Test2
Note that I removed the addressing portion (/\"/) as it is unnecessary in your case. No substitution could occur unless the line contains a double quote anyway, right? Also, it is more common to use single quotes to quote the entire sed expression, as it makes reading the expression clearer.
 
Old 09-13-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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Thank You for the pointer, I will do some reading up on sed.
 
  


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