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Old 04-18-2002
Data SCO 3.2v5.05Eb: ? on trimming strings

If I have a file with the following format:

1313 mockingbird pl.
Los Angeles________, CA. 90210

1234 doghouse
New York__________, NY. 12345

(note: I underlined what are spaces in the list due to the fact the billboard spaces them to 1 space)

How would I go about trimming the spaces between the words
down to 1 space?

I thought about sed, but the field delimiter is not fixed (a last name could have multiple parts for instances, and the space between first/last city/state is not a tab).

I am essentially looking for an ltrim/rtrim command for shell.

Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 04-18-2002
Try this:
echo "This is    a   weird            line,   yo" | sed 's/   */ /g'

In the sed statement, it's :
(as if that makes more sense Smilie

It didn't seem to like "sed 's/ +/ /g'"
Anyone know why?
# 3  
Old 04-18-2002

that worked great. thanks alot 'livin free'.
# 4  
Old 04-18-2002
Originally posted by LivinFree

It didn't seem to like "sed 's/ +/ /g'"
Anyone know why?
There are two kinds of regular expressions: basic regular expressions, and extended regular expressions. sed only uses basic regular expressions. The + sign is a feature of extended regular expressions.
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Old 04-19-2002
Ahh, I see now.
Thank you for the reply!

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