I wanted to consolidate certain lines in a file:
$ cat file.txt aaa013 - foo (11) - bar 11 aaa015 - foo (15) - bar 15The strings
"bar"were kinda static, but not the numbers. I wanted something like this instead:
aaa013 - foo (11) - bar 11 aaa015 - foo (15) - bar 15Sure, I can use tr(1) to remove all newlines:
$ tr -d '\n' < file.txt aaa013 - foo (11) - bar 11aaa015 - foo (15) - bar 15...but that's not exactly what I wanted. The following trick did help though:
$ sed 's/^aaa.*/&:/;s/foo.*/&:/' file.txt | perl -p -e "s/:\n//" aaa013: - foo (11): - bar 11 aaa015: - foo (15): - bar 15Since some strings were somewhat static, I added a colon (":") to the end of those strings. That way the Perl snippet had something to look for when replacing newlines ("\n", with a preceding colon) with nothing.