How to remove blank lines in a file and save the file with same name?

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Old 01-10-2012
How to remove blank lines in a file and save the file with same name?

I have a text file which has blank lines. I want them to be removed before upload it to DB using SQL *Loader. Below is the command line, i use to remove blank lines.

sed '/^ *$/d' /loc/test.txt

If i use the below command to replace the file after removing the blank lines, it replace the existing file with a blank file.

sed '/^ *$/d' /loc/test.txt > /loc/test.txt

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Old 01-10-2012
Use -i option ..
$ sed -i '/^$/d' infile

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Old 01-10-2012
You dont need to delete blank lines before using sqlldr. In the control file, use...

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Old 01-10-2012
I am unable to load the text file to DB after including


in control file. I guess this will apply for external table only.

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It works well with -i option
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Old 01-10-2012
go in to insertion mode by pressing to remove a row press dd....this will completely remove the row and to save the fileuse the command
:wq to quit and save the file
:w to save the file but still be inside the vi editor
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Old 01-10-2012
I am not doing this manually. I need a shell command which just do this.
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Old 01-10-2012
This will remove all blank lines (lines containing spaces, tabs, \n)
perl -i -ne '(!/^\s+$/)&&print' inputfile

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