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# 1  
Old 09-14-2014
Text manipulation help

Hello unix.com

I'm having trouble with a text file.

It looks like this:

Code:
Alvaro Costa    Daldit Kaur Sings    Brian G Heward
Desmond Ogilvie    John Der    William Gherasim
Lance Mackey    Donald Kopplin    Robert Mckinlay
Jahir Hussain Mohamed    Jack Benaim    Abraham Weiss

I want it to look like this:

Code:
Alvaro
Costa
Daldit
Kaur
Sings
Brian
B
Heward


Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Don Cragun; 09-14-2014 at 05:50 AM.. Reason: Add CODE tags.
# 2  
Old 09-14-2014
Let me see if I understand what you're trying to do:
  1. Read the first line of a file,
  2. if any word is a single character, change it to the first character of the previous word,
  3. change all occurrence of one or more space characters to a single <newline> character, and
  4. ignore the rest of the file.
Is this correct?

What have you tried so far?
# 3  
Old 09-14-2014
I want all the names to be sorted as line-by-line. Is it possible to do it?
# 4  
Old 09-14-2014
I fail to see how the desired output you showed us with the G changed to a B (which is not sorted by first name, not sorted by last name, not sorted by individual words, and only contains output from a single input line) meets your desire to get "all the names to be sorted as line-by-line."

I repeat: What have you tried so far?
# 5  
Old 09-14-2014
I dont know how to start since i'm a newbie. And yes... The "B" supposed to be the "G" from
Code:
Brian G Heward

---------- Post updated at 06:12 AM ---------- Previous update was at 04:22 AM ----------

Any tips of how i'm gonna do this?
# 6  
Old 09-14-2014
Try
Code:
sed 's/  */ /g;s/ /\n/g' file

# 7  
Old 09-14-2014
Or:
Code:
xargs -n1 < file

 

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