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Old 12-20-2010
Power Replace multiple occurances of same character with a single character.

Hi all,

I have the following scenario, The contents of main file are like :


And i need the output in the following form:


The logic being that multiple and consecutive occurances of the special character, here - pipe , should be replaced by a single special character.

Please guide.

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Old 12-20-2010
awk '{gsub(/[|]+/,"=")}1' file

Please learn to use [code] tags when you post code or sample data.
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Old 12-20-2010
awk '$1=$1' FS='[|]*' OFS== file

sed 's/||*/=/g' file

tr -s \| = < file

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Old 12-20-2010
Thanks danmero, Thanks Scrutinizer Smilie
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