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Old 08-23-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Trivial regular expression for replacing "\n.\n" with "\n .\n"


I've written a CGI script that sends mail using sendmail. If a line contains a period(.) only, it ignores anything written after that line as expected. As a solution, I plan on replacing the period with a period and a space if it's on a separate line.

I'm using Perl. This regular expression does not solve my problem:
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$body =~ s/\n\.\n/\n\. \n/gm
Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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You can try the regexp notation for the beginning and the end of the line, that is ^ and $ respectively:
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sed 's/^[.]$/. /g' file
Note that you have to embed the dot in a character list (or escape it with backslash), otherwise it is interpreted as "any single character" in a regular expression.

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:36 PM   #3
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It didn't work. But thank you for your time

I have escaped the . in my original expression. And the variable $body receives text from a form and may contain several newlines. That is why I used the /g and /m options.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 04:40 PM   #4
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