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Old 08-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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sed command to replace \t(Tab) with '|'

I need to replace the tab(\t) in my text file to '|'.

command used:

sed '/\\t/|/g'

it replace all t with |.

Please help me out.
Old 08-10-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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Tab is recognized as \t by SED. By escaping it, it now becomes just t. And you forgot to include the s in your SED command.

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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try this

sed -e 's/^[ \t]*/|/g'
Old 08-12-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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hi cbtshare,

When i used this code.
cat infile
1234 test
weye test1 break
576 test break title
2369 test line break
tite break
234589 test like break

sed -e 's/^[ \t]*/|/g' infile1 > aa.dat

cat aa.dat
|1234 test
|weye test1 break
|576 test break title
|2369 test line break
|ite break
|234589 test like break

Please let me know how to solve this.
Old 08-13-2012, 02:17 PM   #5
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Please use ***[code][/code] tags*** around your code and data, to preserve formatting and to improve readability. Please do not use quote tags, bolding, colors, or other fancy formatting.

I've seen this happen before. Your file is probably set with dos-style line endings. You need to convert your files to unix-style endings for most *nix tools to work properly.

sed can be used to convert the line endings at the same time. Just add a second expression to remove the extra carriage return.

sed -e 's/\r$//' -e 'y/\t/|/' infile >outfile
Notice how I used sed's 'y' command instead of 's', which translates one set of characters into another.

But actually, most of the time when you want to do this, tr is usually the preferred tool.

tr -d '\r' <infile | tr '\t' '|' >outfile


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