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Old 10-01-2009
Problem with White spaces and tabs

Hi All,

I am facing issues converting white spaces and tabs together in a file I am reading. Here is the command I am trying:

tr -s ' '@ | sort -t@ +1n filename

I guess the problem is that it is not converting the tabs to another delimiter. Also, I am supposed to accomplish this only using tr command and no sed awk commands. Please help me out seniors !!


1 > I am sorting on the 1st column which is a numeric column.
2 > I am not supposed to create any temporary files to achieve the o/p.

Requesting everyone to help.


Last edited by Franklin52; 10-02-2009 at 04:29 AM.. Reason: Please use code tags!
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Old 10-01-2009
cat filename | tr "\t" "@"

# 3  
Old 10-01-2009
Originally Posted by BubbaJoe
cat filename | tr "\t" "@"

Its even supposed to sort !!!

And you are not considering the white spaces.

Please reply ... I urgently need a solution on this.
# 4  
Old 10-01-2009
provide sample input....
# 5  
Old 10-02-2009
tr -s '\t ' '@' < filename|sort -t@ +1n

Note that set1 contains both a " " and a "\t".

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 10-02-2009 at 03:01 AM..
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Old 10-02-2009
Originally Posted by sh_kk
Its even supposed to sort !!!

And you are not considering the white spaces.

Please reply ... I urgently need a solution on this.
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