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Old 11-29-2010
get rid of non-alphanumeric characters

Could anyone so kindly help me a code to eliminate from a txt file, obtained by collecting and merge several web-page, every word (string) containing non alphabetical, numeric and punctuation character (i.e NON a-zA-Z0-9, underscore and punctuation mark)?

Thanks a lot for the help to anyone sending a reply!
mjomba from Tanzania
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Old 11-29-2010
this could help...?
sed 's/[^a-zA-Z0-9_:]/ /g' inputfile

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Old 11-29-2010
Try this out ...

cat inputFile|sed 's/ [a-zA-Z0-9]*[^a-zA-Z0-9][^a-zA-Z0-9]*[a-zA-Z0-9]* / /g'|sed 's/[ ][a-zA-Z0-9]*[^a-zA-Z0-9 ][^a-zA-Z0-9 ]*[a-zA-Z0-9]*//g'
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Old 11-29-2010
awk '{for(i=1;i<=NF;i++)if($i~/[^[:graph:]]/)$i=x}1' file

awk '{for(i=1;i<=NF;i++)if($i~/[^[:alnum:]._]/)$i=x}1'

if you only want to include . and _ for example
# 5  
Old 11-29-2010
A representative example would help. Depends what you mean by "word", "punctuation" etc. and whether you will retain the line terminator.

One example of removing every character except those listed is:

cat oldfile tr -cd '[:alnum:][:punct:][:space:]' > newfile

See here for definitions of the various character classes.
Regex Tutorial - POSIX Bracket Expressions

If you actually need to work on "words" it needs a clear definition of what constitutes a "word".
# 6  
Old 12-17-2010
Thank you very much!
It does what I needed:
cat oldfile | tr -cd '[:alnum:][:punct:][:space:]' > newfilemjomba

Last edited by Scott; 12-17-2010 at 09:16 AM.. Reason: Code tags
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