Combine first two words ( country name ) into one word in every line of log file with 500 records


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Originally Posted by arm
thanks what about if NF is changeable , sometime might be 11 or 14 , or bigger or less so NF>11 not work my dear
In this case you need to define what your problem is in a more succinct way.

You defined your problem in the title as "Combine first two words ( country name ) into one word in every line".

Later, when you posted some sample and your expected outcome one could see that it was not "combine the first two words", but rather "combine the first two words under certain circumstance". Up to now we reacted to this by posting solutions to what the problem looked like - all lines had 11 fields and where 12 words were found it must be a first field with 2 words which needed to be combined.

Now you tell us that we need to base what is a "two-word country" on some different decision. But in fact - because only you know your data - you are the only one to come up with such a decision. So tell us how we (that is: the programs we write) can find out what is a two-word country and how we can identify it. From there on the solution is a piece of cake.

I hope this helps.

bakunin
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Did you read (and understand) the second proposal in (the EDIT of) post #2 in this thread, which is independent of NF?
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sed 's/\s\+\([[:alpha:]]\)/\1/' file

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