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Old 10-17-2016
Join lines using sed or awk

Hi,

I have text file that looks like this:

Code:
blabla
bla
PATTERN
LINE1
LINE2
bla
bla
bla
PATTERN
LINE1
LINE2
bla
PATTERN
LINE1
LINE2
bla
bla
...



There are exactly 2 lines following PATTERN.
I need output to be one line with PATTERN, LINE1 and LINE2 concatenated.
That is, output from input file above should be :

Code:
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2

How can such 3 linies be joined using sed or awk ?

Regards,
Hench

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-17-2016 at 04:31 PM.. Reason: code tags
# 2  
Old 10-17-2016
Hi,
Don't believe to use code tag button for code or data samples.
Either, you can try this:
Code:
sed -ne '/PATTERN/{N;N;s/\
//g;p;}' file

Regards.

Last edited by disedorgue; 10-17-2016 at 04:39 PM.. Reason: Add -n flag to sed command
# 3  
Old 10-17-2016
Hello Hench,

Please use code tags for commands/codes/Inputs into your posts as per forum rules, could you please try following and let me know if this helps.
Code:
awk '/PATTERN/ && A{print A;A=""} /PATTERN/ || /LINE1/ || /LINE2/{A=A?A $0:$0}'  Input_file

Output will be as follows.
Code:
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2

Thanks,
R. Singh
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# 4  
Old 10-17-2016
Hi, try:
Code:
sed -n '/PATTERN/{N;N;s/\n//gp;}' file

# 5  
Old 10-17-2016
Maybe this awk, though I am still learning so may not be the best Smilie.

Code:
awk '/PATTERN/{if (x)print x;x="";}{x=(!x)?$0:x$0;}END{print x;}' file

output:
Code:
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2

As @RavinderSingh13 found my script is not desired and also carries over the bla. Sorry for thatSmilie

Last edited by cmccabe; 10-17-2016 at 05:18 PM..
# 6  
Old 10-17-2016
IMO, above sed solutions will give wrong results if input has LINE3 in place of LINE1 or LINE2 for example.

Below one should work for given input patterns:
Code:
sed -ne '/PATTERN/ {N;/LINE1/N;/LINE2/s/\n//gp}' file


Last edited by greet_sed; 10-17-2016 at 04:52 PM.. Reason: Add text
# 7  
Old 10-17-2016
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmccabe
Maybe this awk, though I am still learning so may not be the best Smilie.
Code:
awk '/PATTERN/{if (x)print x;x="";}{x=(!x)?$0:x$0;}END{print x;}' file

output:
Code:
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2
PATTERNLINE1LINE2

Hello cmccabe,

IMHO above code will not produce output as per OP's request. It will give blaalso in output.

Thanks,
R. Singh
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