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# 8  
Old 09-06-2009
Code:
local $/="";
my $str=<DATA>;
$str=~s/\n(?=([^\(\n]*\n*)*\))/ /g;
print $str;
__DATA__
line 1
line 2
(NP
line 3
line 4
line 5)
line 6
(
line 7
line 8
)
line 9

# 9  
Old 09-07-2009
If you have your heart set on doing it in sed:

Code:
sed '
/(NP/ {
:loop
N
s/\n/ /
/)$/ !b loop
}
' file



I've always had problems using "\n" on the left side of "s" commands, but if it's embedded in the pattern space it seems to work. Go figure.

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