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Old 08-16-2011
need help in awk command

Hi all gurus,

Need your help in modifying the script written by tukuyomi and shipra_31
grep -v '^$' file.txt | nawk -F\| 'FNR==1{n=NF}NF<n{l=$0;getline;$0=l" "$0}1' > file_1.txt

This script is replacing all carriage return with space.
However, i need to embed another condition whereas, in 23th column, if there is a carriage return, will need to replace it with colon <:::>

Thanks in advance for your help.

Last edited by Franklin52; 08-16-2011 at 08:50 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags for data and code samples, thank you
# 2  
Old 08-16-2011
Can you post a sample of your input file...
# 3  
Old 08-16-2011
i attached the input(Input.txt) and desired output (Output.txt) file as requested.

1. all carriage return existed in all columns except column 23 will replace with a space (the script that i posted has done this)

2. carriage return existed in column 23 will replace with 3 colon <:::>

# 4  
Old 08-16-2011
awk '{printf /^[0-9]+\|/||NR==1?RS $0:FS $0}' input.txt

# 5  
Old 08-16-2011
Thanks rdcwayx for your code.

When i tried the code, it hits error.

nawk: syntax error at source line 1
context is
{print >>> /^[0-9]+\|/||NR== <<<
nawk: illegal statement at source line 1

fyi, OS is available for nawk.
# 6  
Old 08-16-2011
Seems nawk don't support, change to /usr/xpg4/bin/awk
/usr/xpg4/bin/awk '{printf /^[0-9]+\|/||NR==1?RS $0:FS $0}' input.txt

# 7  
Old 08-16-2011
Sorry for missing out something in the Output.txt
I have compensated it as attached.

The code works fine, just that in column 23, if there is a carriage return, I need to replace it with 3 colon <:::> (as Output.txt)

Thanks in advance.
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