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Top Forums Shell Programming and Scripting Replace Junk chars (Sed) Post 302111295 by alfredo123 on Tuesday 20th of March 2007 03:52:28 PM
Old 03-20-2007
Replace Junk chars (Sed)

I know this has been asked previously on this forum...But I think I have a different scenario to present.

I ahve a file tht looks like this (note:there are control Z and other chars tht are not visible on line with anme bowers)

BB7118450      	6004718		BIANCALANA =HEI         
BZ5842819      	1493750		ZACHAR=/                
AB1250620      	0300080		BOWERS               
MR0408256      	0458355		DYCUS/BOWERS/PA         
AB9381233      	6811741		BOWERS *6*              
BL6039588      	0184195		LIMERES JR. |           
AD1901253      	0458720		DURAZO - CELAYA         
BE4340698      	0609541		EL-HAJJAOUI(LUN         
AH5528267      	6786292		HARSANY, JR ++          
BD0762662      	4527818		D`SOUZA                 
AC6629577      	3059914		CANOVA`                 
AC9130991      	0485282		CARROLL 16!            
AT8874679      	0490912		TAIT 20!               
AH8136459      	0136813		HUNTER 06! (16

This file has special chars and Control M/Z chars....I need to remove all these junk chars and replace with a space. I tried the following commands..

sed 's/[!@#\$%^&*()<>+|={}\/`-]//g' special.txt

The above worked except for the fact that the Control Z chars were not replaced.

I tried
tr -d '\032' < special.txt | sed 's/[!@#\$%^&*()<>+|={}\/`\"\^M\'026'-]//g' > t

but some additional chars were deleted...

Any help in getting the command right would be appreciated...
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uniq(1) 							   User Commands							   uniq(1)

uniq - report or filter out repeated lines in a file SYNOPSIS
uniq [-c | -d | -u] [-f fields] [-s char] [ input_file [output_file]] uniq [-c | -d | -u] [-n] [ + m] [ input_file [output_file]] DESCRIPTION
The uniq utility will read an input file comparing adjacent lines, and write one copy of each input line on the output. The second and suc- ceeding copies of repeated adjacent input lines will not be written. Repeated lines in the input will not be detected if they are not adjacent. OPTIONS
The following options are supported: -c Precedes each output line with a count of the number of times the line occurred in the input. -d Suppresses the writing of lines that are not repeated in the input. -f fields Ignores the first fields fields on each input line when doing comparisons, where fields is a positive decimal integer. A field is the maximal string matched by the basic regular expression: [[:blank:]]*[^[:blank:]]* If fields specifies more fields than appear on an input line, a null string will be used for comparison. -s chars Ignores the first chars characters when doing comparisons, where chars is a positive decimal integer. If specified in con- junction with the -f option, the first chars characters after the first fields fields will be ignored. If chars specifies more characters than remain on an input line, a null string will be used for comparison. -u Suppresses the writing of lines that are repeated in the input. -n Equivalent to -f fields with fields set to n. +m Equivalent to -s chars with chars set to m. OPERANDS
The following operands are supported: input_file A path name of the input file. If input_file is not specified, or if the input_file is -, the standard input will be used. output_file A path name of the output file. If output_file is not specified, the standard output will be used. The results are unspeci- fied if the file named by output_file is the file named by input_file. EXAMPLES
Example 1: Using the uniq command The following example lists the contents of the uniq.test file and outputs a copy of the repeated lines. example% cat uniq.test This is a test. This is a test. TEST. Computer. TEST. TEST. Software. example% uniq -d uniq.test This is a test. TEST. example% The next example outputs just those lines that are not repeated in the uniq.test file. example% uniq -u uniq.test TEST. Computer. Software. example% The last example outputs a report with each line preceded by a count of the number of times each line occurred in the file: example% uniq -c uniq.test 2 This is a test. 1 TEST. 1 Computer. 2 TEST. 1 Software. example% ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment variables that affect the execution of uniq: LANG, LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LC_MES- SAGES, and NLSPATH. EXIT STATUS
The following exit values are returned: 0 Successful completion. >0 An error occurred. ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWesu | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |CSI |Enabled | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Interface Stability |Standard | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
comm(1), pack(1), pcat(1), sort(1), uncompress(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5) SunOS 5.10 20 Dec 1996 uniq(1)

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