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Old 09-29-2011
perl cmd to remove the control-Z character at end of 10GB file

In a 10-50GB file , at end of file there is Control-z character
tried the below options,
1. perl -p -i -e 's/^Z//g' new.txt
2. perl -0777lwi -032e0 new.txt
and Sed command, dos2unix etc

it takes more time to remove the control-z. need a command or perl program to GO TO LAST LINE OF FILE DIRECTLY AND REMOVE CTRL-Z CHARACTER . we need tat to be removed in less than a second.

it takes in minutes to remove the control-z in 1GB file.
Please help asap. Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 09-29-2011
If it's the last byte in the file, just use the truncate system call. Perl provides a wrapper for it.

# 3  
Old 09-29-2011
can anyone help

Can anyone give the entire code(using truncate) to achieve this please.
If any other solution also please let me know thanks.
# 4  
Old 09-30-2011
try this
perl -i -pe '$_=~s/^Z// if eof' filename

# 5  
Old 09-30-2011
perldoc -f truncate

# 6  
Old 09-30-2011
Be careful, it may destroy your file:
dd bs=filesize-1 seek=1 if=/dev/null of=file

# 7  
Old 09-30-2011
is anything wrong in this?

use strict;
my $abs;
open(FILE ,"tt.txt");
print $abs;
print FILE "$abs";
print $abs;

I want to directly go to end of the file (without reading whole big file)
and remove the ctrl-Z character and write back to file.
No need of one-liners(since it works but takes long time for big file)
Update me please

Last edited by Franklin52; 10-01-2011 at 06:00 AM.. Reason: Corrected code tags

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