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awk remove line feed


I've this file:


I need to remove the line feed LF every 3 row.


Thanks in advance,

# 2  
Seems like a simpler job for paste than awk:

$ paste -d"\0" - - - < file

An awk one anyway:
$ awk '{printf} !NR%3{print ""}' file

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# 3  
some possibilities:

#  nawk 'NR%3!=0{printf "%s", $0;next}1' infile

#  nawk 'ORS=(FNR%3)?FS:RS' infile
1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,

#  paste - - - < infile
1,      2,      3,
4,      5,      6,

#  paste -d" " - - - < infile
1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,

cat infile | xargs -n3
1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6,


---------- Post updated at 12:18 PM ---------- Previous update was at 12:13 PM ----------

nice sneaky use of printf by scottn there that I've never really appreciated....learn something new every day :-)
# 4  
Originally Posted by scottn
$ awk '{printf} !NR%3{print ""}' file

Using printf without any argument is dangerous.
If $0 contains format sequence like %s or %d, awk will failed.
An example:
$ cat in.txt
__ %s __
$ awk '{printf; print "."}' in.txt
awk: not enough arguments in printf(__ %s __) or sprintf(__ %s __)
 record number 3

Allways specify an argument to printf.
Replace :
printf ;

printf "";

# 5  
With sed..
sed 'N;N;s/\n//g' inputfile > outfile

# 6  
@aigles: Good point. I was just being lazy. It should, anyway be {printf "%s", $0}

The sed solution doesn't work so well if there is not an exact multiple of (in this case) three lines.

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