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Old 10-15-2003, 06:13 PM   #1
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using sed to remove word wrap


I have a file that was previously formatted with word wrap such that it has a newline at a certain row length, like this:

***

`Thank you, it's a very interesting dance to watch,' said
Alice, feeling very glad that it was over at last: `and I do so
like that curious song about the whiting!'

`Oh, as to the whiting,' said the Mock Turtle, `they--you've
seen them, of course?'

`Yes,' said Alice, `I've often seen them at dinn--' she
checked herself hastily.

`I don't know where Dinn may be,' said the Mock Turtle, `but
if you've seen them so often, of course you know what they're
like.'

`I believe so,' Alice replied thoughtfully. `They have their
tails in their mouths--and they're all over crumbs.'

`You're wrong about the crumbs,' said the Mock Turtle:
`crumbs would all wash off in the sea. But they HAVE their tails
in their mouths; and the reason is--' here the Mock Turtle
yawned and shut his eyes.--`Tell her about the reason and all
that,' he said to the Gryphon.

`The reason is,' said the Gryphon, `that they WOULD go with
the lobsters to the dance. So they got thrown out to sea. So
they had to fall a long way. So they got their tails fast in
their mouths. So they couldn't get them out again. That's all.'

***

Is there a way to use sed, or another editor to automatically remove this newline so that each paragraph is on it's own line?

thanks,
 
Old 10-16-2003, 02:37 PM   #2
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Try this out (probably an easier way - I just can't think of it):
Code:
cat /path/to/file | echo -n `sed 's/^$/STARTPARA/'`|sed 's/STARTPARA/\n\n/g'
 
Old 03-02-2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by david_ross View Post
Try this out (probably an easier way - I just can't think of it):
Code:
cat /path/to/file | echo -n `sed 's/^$/STARTPARA/'`|sed 's/STARTPARA/\n\n/g'
Try this for a single paragraph

Code:
tr -s ' \009\012' ' '
 
  


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