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Old 10-05-2007
stripping white space...

Hi All;

Having a problem with a file..

the file contains the following data... (a snapshot)

1331F9E9DB7C2BB80EAEDE3A8F043B94,AL7 1DZ,M,50
186FDF93E1303DBA217279EC3671EA91,NG5 1JU,M,24
3783FFAF602015056A8CD21104B1AAAF,CH42 4NQ,M,17

It has 3 columns sepreated by a ,
the second column as a space in the middle of it..

1331F9E9DB7C2BB80EAEDE3A8F043B94,AL7 1DZ,M,50
I want to run a script against the file to strip that white space. Not really where to start.

Any pointers will greatly appericated

# 2  
Old 10-05-2007
awk 'BEGIN{OFS=FS=","}{ gsub(" ","",$2) }1' "file"

# 3  
Old 10-05-2007

Thanks very much for the prompt reply.. I tried running the command you gave me on command line I'm getting a few errors

> awk 'BEGIN{OFS=FS=","}{ gsub(" ","",$2) }1' "user.db"
awk: syntax error near line 1
awk: illegal statement near line 1
awk: syntax error near line 1
awk: bailing out near line 1

I'm running on solaris 9.
# 4  
Old 10-05-2007
As always...... use 'nawk' instead of plain old 'awk' on Solaris...
# 5  
Old 10-05-2007

I'm humbled by your knowledge Smilie
# 6  
Old 10-09-2007
U can Try this also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cat filename | tr -s ' ' ','

# 7  
Old 10-09-2007
hey i have taken one line of your test file as follows,
var1="1331F9E9DB7C2BB80EAEDE3A8F043B94,AL7 1DZ,M,50"
echo $var1 | tr -d " "

surely it might help you out, if a blank space/tab is there .
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