If I want to replace txt file with somestring,which way should I go?

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# 8  
Old 01-15-2008
yes of course.

I have a text file named "test.txt"
which store a text file as follow


and i need to replace those text file into these:

can I still use awk?
# 9  
Old 01-15-2008
But what have you tried ?

this replaces the last "|" in the input
awk '{ sub(/\|$/, ";"); print }END{ printf "\n" }' ORS="" filename

try this for the required output
awk '{ print }END{ printf "\n" }' ORS=";" a2

Last edited by matrixmadhan; 01-15-2008 at 06:38 AM..
# 10  
Old 01-15-2008
# tr "\n" ";" < file

if leave to you to put in the last ";" . i suggest you also read up more on shell scripting.
# 11  
Old 01-15-2008
$ cat test.txt 
$ nawk 'sub(/\|$/,";")' ORS= test.txt 

If you want the last newline:

$ nawk 'sub(/\|$/,";");END{printf "\n"}' ORS= test.txt 

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